Health Awareness

Results from the MSD’s #CancerScreening Barometer 2021


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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.

Download the infographic in FR and NL.