[How to assess and reduce social inequalities in cancer screening programmes]

Gac Sanit. May-Jun 2016;30(3):232-4. doi: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2016.01.008. Epub 2016 Feb 23.
[Article in Spanish]

Abstract

This field note presents the conclusions and recommendations made at the meeting 'How to reduce social inequalities in cancer screening programmes?' held at the XXVI School of Public Health of Mahon (Menorca, Spain). Participants developed recommendations based on experiences of population-based screening programmes (breast and colorectal) and opportunistic screening (cervical). The conclusions and recommendations focused on four main areas (information systems, evaluation and quality, research, and interventions): the inclusion of social variables at an individual level in health information systems; the establishment of minimum standards for gathering information regarding inequalities in access to preventive services; the performance of actions in vulnerable populations; and the promotion of the exchange of experiences and best practices through the Cancer Screening Programmes Network and working groups of the scientific societies.

Keywords: Cribado; Desigualdades; Inequalities; Mass screening; Neoplasias; Neoplasms.

MeSH terms

  • Early Detection of Cancer / standards*
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Socioeconomic Factors*
  • Spain