Cancer: France at the back of the pack for screening – 05/14/2024 – News

Cancer: France at the back of the pack for screening – 05/14/2024 – News
Cancer: France at the back of the pack for screening – 05/14/2024 – News

Certainly, France is at the top of the ranking regarding the five-day survival rate for breast cancer 87% compared to 83% at European level and prostate cancer up to 93% compared to 87% on average for Europe. On the other hand, it is lagging behind in terms of prevention. The breast cancer screening rate is thus 7 points lower than the European average: 46.9% compared to 54% for other European countries. Concerning colorectal cancer, the gap is less significant: 34.6% compared to 36% in Europe.

Positive point: it is better positioned for cervical cancer screening 58.8% compared to 56% in the rest of Europe. However, vaccination coverage against papillomavirus remains insufficient: only 42% of girls aged 9 to 14 are vaccinated, the European objective being 90%.

Prevent aggravating factors: tobacco and alcohol

According to the European Cancer Organization, France must place greater emphasis on prevention campaigns. There are, in fact, 25.3% of daily cigarette smokers in France compared to 18.8% in Europe. “France is the second country where people smoke the most in Europe. This excessive smoking kills more than 48,000 French people each year, up to 60% more than in other European countries,” laments the report. According to the results of this study, alcohol is also consumed in greater quantities – 10.5 liters compared to 10 liters in Europe -.

Fight against medical deserts

The report also denounces the lack of caregivers. France has 1.52 oncologists per 100,000 inhabitants, the European average being 3.76 and 858 nurses per 100,000 inhabitants in France compared to 879 in Europe. If the European Cancer Organization welcomes the launch of the ten-year strategy to combat cancer covering the period 2021-2030, it invites France to fight effectively against medical deserts in order to promote access to health professionals. Finally, he recommends adopting the minimum age of 21 for purchasing tobacco and increasing cancer screening campaigns at the national level.

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