Original Research ARTICLE

Front. Oncol., 27 December 2012 | doi: 10.3389/fonc.2012.00190

Trends in adherence to recommended cancer screening: the US population and working cancer survivors

  • 1Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA
  • 2Department of Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis, Autónoma University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • 3European Centre for Environment and Human Health, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Truro, UK
  • 4Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
  • 5Department of Statistics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Introduction: Over the past decade the United States (US) has seen a decrease in advanced cancer diagnoses. There has also been an increase in the number of cancer survivors returning to work. Cancer screening behaviors among survivors may play an important role in their return-to-work process. Adherence to a post-treatment cancer screening protocol increases early detection of secondary tumors and reduces potentially limiting side-effects. We compared screening trends among all cancer survivors, working survivors, and the general population over the last decade. Materials and Methods: Trends in adherence to recommended screening were analyzed by site-specific cancer. We used the Healthy People goals as a measure of desired adherence. We selected participants 18+ years from 1997 to 2010 National Health Interview Survey for years where detailed cancer screening information was available. Using the recommendations of the American Cancer Society as a guide, we assessed adherence to cancer screening across the decade. There were 174,393 participants. Analyses included 7,528 working cancer survivors representing 3.8 million US workers, and 119,374 adults representing more than 100 million working Americans with no cancer history. Results: The US population met the Healthy People 2010 goal for colorectal screening, but declined in all other recommended cancer screening. Cancer survivors met and maintained the HP2010 goal for all, except cervical cancer screening. Survivors had higher screening rates than the general population. Among survivors, white-collar and service occupations had higher screening rates than blue-collar survivors. Conclusion: Cancer survivors report higher screening rates than the general population. Nevertheless, national screening rates are lower than desired, and disparities exist by cancer history and occupation. Understanding existing disparities, and the impact of cancer screening on survivors is crucial as the number of working survivors increases.

Keywords: cancer, screening, survivors, occupation, mammogram, papanicolaou test, colorectal screening

Citation: Clarke TC, Soler-Vila H, Fleming LE, Christ SL, Lee DJ and Arheart KL (2012) Trends in adherence to recommended cancer screening: the US population and working cancer survivors. Front. Oncol. 2:190. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2012.00190

Received: 20 August 2012; Accepted: 20 November 2012;
Published online: 27 December 2012.

Edited by:

Karina Braga Ribeiro, Hospital A. C. Camargo, Brazil

Reviewed by:

Sungshim Lani Park, University of Hawaii Cancer Center, USA
Manuela Marron, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

Copyright: © 2012 Clarke, Soler-Vila, Fleming, Christ, Lee and Arheart. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in other forums, provided the original authors and source are credited and subject to any copyright notices concerning any third-party graphics etc.

*Correspondence: Tainya C. Clarke, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, 1120 Northwest 14th Street, 10th Floor (R-669) – CBR 1074, Miami, FL 33136, USA. e-mail: tclarke2@med.miami.edu

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