Cancer Screening

Have the benefits of cancer screening in reducing mortality from breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and cervical cancer been established?

The overall benefits of cancer screening in reducing mortality from breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and cervical cancer are established, despite the problem of overdiagnosis, which is recognized and is subject to research. World Cancer Report encourages research on the development and implementation of evidence-based screening procedures.

For screening procedures that are established, one goal is to reduce cost and enable implementation with minimal technology, so that implementation in low- and middle-income countries is practicable. 

For screening procedures that are being developed, such as those for lung cancer, research is needed to validate the efficacy (i.e. reduced mortality) and to demonstrate the specificity and sensitivity.

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COVID-19 and Cancer Screening – Webinar Recording

What are the consequences of COVID-19 for cancer screening? What challenges have been encountered by countries? What could be turned into an opportunity, and what lessons have been learned? Could the lessons learned help countries to “build back better”? The webinar addresses these questions and provides examples from low-income and high-income countries.




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Improving the Quality of Cancer Screening

Self-paced online learning programme including interactive modules and quizzes on "Principles of Cancer Screening", Planning and Implementing a Cancer Screening Programme", and "Quality of Cancer Screening Programmes". Complete the full 6-hour programme and get an IARC Learning certificate!






The European Code Against Cancer. Recommendation No. 12. Screening

Self-paced 15-minute interactive module on ECAC's 12th recommendation: "Take part in organized screening programmes for: bowel cancer for men and women, breast cancer and cervical cancer for women".








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