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[Cervix and breast cancer screening in the districts of Hungary]

SÁNDOR János, SZÜCS Mária, KISS István, BONCZ Imre, SEBESTYÉN Andor, KISS Adrienn, EMBER István

MAY 20, 2003

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2003;13(04)

[INTRODUCTION - Life expectancy in Hungary has been increasing recently but in a geographically uneven distribution. The mortality trends has remained disadvantageous for cancer patients and also for the malignancies of cervix and breast that can be preventable with screening. The study aimed to describe the participation at the district level in the screening programmes as well as to investigate the relative role of health behaviour of women and of the health services in determining the screening success. METHODS - Age standardised relative screening participation rates were computed for 150 districts of Hungary using discharge reports of the outpatient services for cervical cytology and mammography. RESULTS - 20,12% of all 25-65 years old women was screened for cervical cytology during 3 years (1. July 1998. - 31. June 2001.) and 17,22% of all women aged 45-65 years participated in mammography in a 23 months period (1. July 1998. - 31. May 2000.). The results scattered in a certain fashion. Summarising the screening results, the highest participation ratios were observed in Bonyhád, Kiskunfélegyháza, Paks, Zalaszentgrót, Pécs while the lowest were in Csengeri, Mór, Nyírbátor, Sárbogárd, Enying districts. The screening performances did not correlate with each other and with the socioeconomic indicators (education, unemployment, income), apart from the significant influence of education on mammography participation rate. The emerging explanation is that the health behaviour was not important determinant of screening participation. In this case, the behaviour of target populations would have affected similarly both screening results resulting in a correlation. CONCLUSIONS - Consequently, the performances of providers responsible for screening organisation have been reflected in the observed screening rates. This result and the wide scattering of screening participation rates, which developed in spite of the uniform legislative-economic environment, emphasises the importance of regular monitoring of screening performance.]

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