Results from the MSD’s #CancerScreening Barometer 2021
The MSD #CancerScreening Barometer is a survey that reflects the knowledge and attitude of the Belgian population towards cancer screening.
Cancer screening is an important factor that positively impacts disease outcome, unfortunately, the survey shows that 6 out of 10 Belgians have the feeling they lack information on screening.
Belgium is at the European top regarding breast cancer screening
But 78% of surveyed women weren’t aware of the recommended screening age of 50, and 25% of those above 55 years old have never had mammography.
Other cancers have even worse numbers, where 46% of men above 50 have never done a colon cancer screening and even 66% of them for prostate cancer.
1/3 of the respondents find cancer screening a painful and scary experience, but it saves lives.
Cancer screening is not a fun experience, 1/3 of the respondents find it a painful and scary experience, but it saves lives.
78% of the respondents also think we have a huge gap to fill in terms of cancer diagnosis due to the COVID-19 crisis, which has already been confirmed by the medical community.
Let’s work together on creating more awareness on screening and screening programs to help improve disease outcomes in Belgium.