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Quaglia A.,Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino | Lillini R.,Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria San Martino | Lillini R.,Vita-Salute San Raffaele University | Crocetti E.,ISPO Institute for Cancer Study and Prevention | And 3 more authors.
Surgical Oncology | Year: 2013

Background: Time trends comparisons by age are important to understand the specific needs of elderly cancer patients and to improve clinical procedures. The aim is to compare 1998-2005 cancer incidence and mortality trends in Italy and the US for both sexes and for two age groups, namely 50-69 year old and 70+ year old. Methods: Cancer incidence and mortality data came from 22 Cancer Registries (CRs) of the Italian association of cancer registries (AIRTUM), while the US incidence records were provided by 13 SEER CRs and the mortality statistics provided by the WHO Database. Trends were analysed by the Joinpoint Regression Program in order to obtain Annual Percent Changes and Joinpoints. Results: Colorectal cancer incidence trends were favourable in the US for both sexes and in both age groups, whilst the rates increased in Italian elderly individuals and mortality rates fell markedly only in the US. For lung cancer, incidence and mortality decreased in men but increased in women in the two geographical areas. Breast cancer incidence and mortality declined both in Italy and the US for younger women, but the trends were less favourable in the Italian elderly individuals. The increase of prostate incidence slowed down and mortality diminished for every age group in the US, whilst in Italy only in the younger group. Conclusions: For major cancers, the Italian elderly experienced less favourable trends than the middle-aged patients whereas, in the US, the trends were similar for both age groups and favourable also for the elderly. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Campari C.,Planning and Control Staff | Fedato C.,Veneto Cancer Registry | Iossa A.,ISPO Institute for Cancer Study and Prevention | Petrelli A.,INMP National Institute for Health | And 14 more authors.
European Journal of Cancer Prevention | Year: 2016

Cervical cancer screening programmes in Italy actively invite all 25-64-year-old resident women for the Pap test every 3 years irrespective of their citizenship. Immigrant women come from countries where screening is absent or poorly implemented and the prevalence of human papillomavirus is often high. These women therefore have significant risk factors for cervical cancer. The Italian Group for Cervical Cancer Screening promoted a survey of all the screening programmes on the participation and the positivity and detection rates in Italian and foreign women in 2009-2011. Aggregated data for participation, cytology results, compliance with colposcopy and histology results were collected, distinguishing between women born in Italy and abroad. All comparisons were age adjusted. Forty-eight programmes out of 120 participated in the immigrant survey, with 3 147 428 invited and 1 427 412 screened Italian women and 516 291 invited and 205 948 screened foreign women. Foreign women had a slightly lower participation rate compared with Italians (39.9 vs. 45.4%), whereas compliance with colposcopy was similar (90%). Foreigners showed a higher risk of pathological findings than Italians: cytology positivity [relative risk (RR)=1.25, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.24-1.27] and detection rate for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 (CIN2) (RR=1.39, 95% CI 1.31-1.47), CIN3 (RR=2.07, 95% CI 1.96-2.18) and cancer (RR=2.68, 95% CI 2.24-3.22). The ratio between cancer and CIN was higher in immigrants (0.06 vs. 0.04, P>0.01). Foreign women had a higher risk of cervical precancer and cancer. Because of their high risk and because opportunistic screening does not cover this often disadvantaged group, achieving high participation in screening programmes for foreigners is critical to further reducing the cervical cancer burden in Italy. © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

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