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Decline in Cancer Screening in Vulnerable Populations? Results of the EDIFICE Surveys

Abstract : Background We studied cancer screening over time and social vulnerability via surveys of representative populations. Methods Individuals aged 50-75 years with no personal history of cancer were questioned about lifetime participation in screening tests, compliance (adherence to recommended intervals [colorectal, breast and cervical cancer]) and opportunistic screening (prostate and lung cancer). Results The proportion of vulnerable/non-vulnerable individuals remained stable between 2011 and 2016. In 2011, social vulnerability had no impact on screening participation, nor on compliance. In 2014, however, vulnerability was correlated with less frequent uptake of colorectal screening (despite an organised programme) and prostate cancer screening (opportunistic), and also with reduced compliance with recommended intervals (breast and cervical cancer screening). In 2016, the trends observed in 2014 were substantiated and even extended to breast, colorectal and cervical cancer screening uptakes. Social vulnerability has an increasingly negative impact on cancer screening attendance. The phenomenon was identified in 2014 and had expanded by 2016. Conclusion Although organised programmes have been shown to ensure equitable access to cancer screening, this remains a precarious achievement requiring regular monitoring. Further studies should focus on attitudes of vulnerable populations and on ways to improve cancer awareness campaigns.
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Jean-Francois Morere, Francois Eisinger, Chantal Touboul, Christine Lhomel, Sebastien Couraud, et al.. Decline in Cancer Screening in Vulnerable Populations? Results of the EDIFICE Surveys. Current Oncology Reports, Current Medicine Group, 2018, 20 (1), ⟨10.1007/s11912-017-0649-7⟩. ⟨hal-02146904⟩

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