[Participation of the immigrant population in breast cancer screening in Tarragona, Spain]

Gac Sanit. Sep-Oct 2019;33(5):468-471. doi: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2018.05.010. Epub 2018 Sep 8.
[Article in Spanish]


Objective: To evaluate the differences between autochthonous and allochthonous women's participation in a breast cancer screening programme.

Method: Retrospective study based on data from the Breast Cancer Screening Programme of the province of Tarragona (2008-2015). The sample is the target population of the programme with known country of origin.

Results: Cohort of 40,824 women. Allochthonous women participate less than autochthonous women (41.8% vs. 72.3%) although they have a similar global detection rate to the latter but with differences according to the human development index of their country of origin. Both groups present similar tumour stages on detection (p=.59).

Conclusions: Strategies specifically aimed at the immigrant population are required to improve their participation in breast cancer screening.

Keywords: Breast neoplasms; Immigrants; Inmigrantes; Mass screening; Neoplasias de mama; Participación; Participation; Programa de cribado.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Africa / ethnology
  • Aged
  • Americas / ethnology
  • Asia / ethnology
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Breast Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Early Detection of Cancer / statistics & numerical data*
  • Emigrants and Immigrants / statistics & numerical data*
  • Europe / ethnology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammography / statistics & numerical data*
  • Mass Screening / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Oceania / ethnology
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Procedures and Techniques Utilization
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Spain / epidemiology