Cancer screening: global debates and Cuban experience

MEDICC Rev. Jul-Oct 2014;16(3-4):73-7.


A review was conducted of screening strategies for detecting the main cancer sites for which screening has been recommended, assessing WHO and other international organizations' positions, as well as the requirements of Cuba's cancer control strategy. Universally, screening is recommended for cervical, breast and colorectal cancer, all included in the Cuban strategy. Additionally, in Cuba, PSA testing is indicated for men considered at risk (aged >45 years with family history) and those aged >50 years who request it; annual oral exams and teaching of oral self-examination are recommended for the entire population; and for adults aged >35 years, active annual oral cancer case finding. Screening for skin cancer is performed by physical examination of individuals at risk. To maximize benefits of early cancer detection, greater coverage is needed as well as studies of how well screening is performing under current Cuban conditions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cuba
  • Early Detection of Cancer / standards*
  • Female
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control