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Highlighted article; Mirror, mirror on the wall, when are inequalities higher, after all?

17 october, 2022
Social Science & Medicine (Elsevier)
Social Science & Medicine (Elsevier)

CeEBER researchers Carlota Quintal and Micaela Antunes have published in the renowned journal Social Science & Medicine an  article highlighting inequalities in screening for breast and cervical cancer: "Mirror, mirror on the wall, when are inequalities higher, after all? Analysis of breast and cervical cancer screening in 30 European countries".

Excerpt from the abstract: «‘Extreme under-screening’ is concentrated among lower income quintiles in basically all countries analysed, for both screenings. These women, who never screened, are at risk of entering the group of ‘Lost opportunity’, once they reach the upper-limit age of the target group. At the same time, there are signals of ‘Over-screening’, within target group, due to screening more frequently than recommended. In several countries, ‘Over-screening’ seems to be concentrated among richer women. This is not only a waste of resources, but it can also cause harms. The inequalities found in ‘Extreme under-screening’ and ‘Over-screening’ raise concerns on whether women are making informed choices.»

Link to the article: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115371