Access to Colon Cancer Screening of Migrants in Four European Countries

  • Ornella Punzo
  • Aldo RosanoEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)


In Europe, colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer with over 200,000 deaths per year. Research has shown that ethnic minority groups in developed countries are less likely to participate in colorectal cancer screening than the resident population and hence less likely to be diagnosed at an early stage when treatment is potentially more successful. Previous research has indicated that ethnic groups living in European countries perceive their risk of colorectal cancer as lower than the native population, suggesting that lower participation in cancer screening could be explained by a lack of recognition of cancer risk. The chapter will review the available evidence about access to colorectal screening among migrants in European countries. An analysis of data from the Health Interview Surveys conducted in various EU countries on this topic will also be presented.


Colorectal cancer Screening Migrant populations Ethnic groups Barriers to access Cultural factors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of HealthRomeItaly

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