APH 2001, 59, 181-192:

Dépistage du cancer du col de l'utérus à Frameries, Belgique - étude descriptive.

I. Goddin and C. Massot

Keywords: Cervix neoplasms, health survey, mass screening, Belgium, socio-economic factors, delivery of health care

In some countries, centrally organised screening programmes have been established, while in others, including Belgium, opportunistic screening prevails.  Efficient use of health resources remains an important issue.  Descriptive information on target populations is needed before implementing an organised screening programme.  This study took place at Frameries, a sub-urban area near Mons (Hainaut province, Belgium).  As the municipality wanted to start a health promotion and education programme, local data were necessary to prepare an intervention.  The survey was made by a cross-sectional telephone interview of 314 randomly selected women 25 to 64 years old.

The results indicate that underscreened women were more likely to be of lower educational level, to have never received any information about screening and to belong to older age groups.  Other determinant factors were being single and unemployed.