Screening practice and misplaced priorities (Journal article)

Mauri, D./ Valachis, A./ Polyzos, N. P./ Cortinovis, I./ Karampoiki, V./ Loukidou, E./ Alevizaki, P./ Kamposioras, K./ Kouris, G./ Alexandropoulou, P./ Tsali, L./ Panou, C./ Stamatelopoulos, A./ Lakiotis, V./ Spiliopoulou, A./ Terzoudi, A./ Ioakimidou, A./ Karathanasi, I./ Bristianou, M./ Casazza, G./ Pavlidis, N.

PURPOSE: To estimate cancer screening coverage among a large sample of Greek individuals. METHODS: 7012 adults from 30 Hellenic areas were surveyed. Tests included: faecal occult blood test, sigmoidoscopy,chest X-ray, urine test, testicular examination,trans-rectal ultrasound, full blood count, skin examination,digital rectal examination, PSA, Pap test, mammography,clinical breast examination (CBE), self breast examination and breast ultrasound. RESULTS: Eighty-eight percent of males and 93% of females declared being interested in cancer screening; 37.8% of men and 37.9% of women had had a medical consultation for screening purpose in the previous 2 years. Less than 2%reported having received screening for colorectal cancer or skin malignancies. Screening for cervical cancer, mammography and CBE was reported by 39.6%, 22.8% and 27.9% of females respectively. Twenty percent of males reported screening for prostate cancer. CONCLUSION: The actual opportunistic screening approach presents important deficiencies with displaced priorities in test performance and a low proportion of individuals undergoing recommended tests.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Υγείας. Τμήμα Ιατρικής
Keywords: Aged,Attitude to Health,Breast Neoplasms/diagnosis,Female,Greece/epidemiology,*Health Priorities,Humans,Male,Mammography/statistics & numerical data,Mass Screening/*utilization,Middle Aged,Neoplasms/*prevention & control,Patient Participation,Physical Examination/statistics & numerical data,Prostatic Neoplasms/diagnosis,Uterine Cervical Neoplasms/diagnosis
ISSN: 1699-048X
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