You can find more information on screening and population screening on this website. Among other things, you will find out why sometimes it makes sense to get screened and sometimes not.
Screening within the Flemish health policy
Diseases can have different causes and sometimes multiple factors - both protective and pathogenic - play a role. Examples of this include: predisposition, lifestyle, environment, infections, other acquired diseases. By acting on these factors, you increase your chances of staying healthy.
The Flemish government and its partners want to help prevent the occurrence of diseases. This is done in several ways.
It is very important to promote health by a healthy lifestyle, healthy living environment and vaccination. For example, by eating a balanced diet, not smoking and limiting the amount of alcohol you drink, you reduce your risk of becoming ill. Just think of the link between smoking and lung cancer or the link between too little exercise and cardiovascular disease. People with a healthy lifestyle also generally tend to feel better. A healthy living environment is also important. Just think about the quality of the air and drinking water or the risk of infection. That is why the Flemish government, for example, is pursuing a quality vaccination policy and is taking initiatives to improve the living environment. The policy also includes taking protective measures, for example to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and in the case of environmental incidents.
Measures that promote and protect health are not sufficient in a number of cases. Timely detection or screening for diseases, precursors or threatening factors may then be useful.
Steeds meer bedrijven en organisaties in Vlaanderen bieden screeningsonderzoeken aan om bepaalde gezonMore and more companies and organisations in Flanders are offering screenings to detect certain health risks or diseases, such as high cholesterol or certain forms of cancer, even before there are any symptoms. This kind of screening seems like a good idea, as the timely detection of risks or diseases can usually prevent the condition getting worse and increase the likelihood of a cure. But not every screening is necessarily useful or qualitative. Screening has advantages, but usually also disadvantages.