About CanScreen5Underlying principles
Systematic screening of the population at risk for some of the common cancers can significantly reduce the incidence (for selected cancers, such as cervical cancer and colorectal cancer) and the mortality from the cancers targeted by screening. Given the success of screening programmes for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer in high-income countries, many low- and middle-income countries are introducing or scaling up cancer screening programmes. A screening programme needs to be quality assured to achieve the desired impact, minimize the harms to the screening participants, and use resources appropriately. A functioning health information system (HIS) that collects at least a core set of data in a consistent manner to assess the status of implementation and performance of the programme is key to ensure the quality of the screening programme. The systematic reporting of the characteristics and the outcome (defined by performance standards and monitored and evaluated using indicators) is mandatory for the continuous quality improvement of the programme.Repeated measurements of the process and of the outcome indicators over time help to improve the understanding of the factors and the principles underpinning effective cancer screening. Methods
CanScreen5 is a global data repository, designed to collect, analyse, and disseminate information on cancer screening programmes and activities in different countries, with the core objective of motivating and supporting countries to collect and use cancer screening data in a consistent manner on a regular basis through an effective information system. The platform provides the required data collection tools, the standardized methodology for estimating the performance indicators, and a facility for comparing those indicators with national and international standards. By providing a freely accessible platform to visualize the performance data analysed with a common set of indicators, CanScreen5 enables cancer screening programmes to compare their performance over time and with that of other similar programmes. A major focus of CanScreen5 is capacity-building of service providers and programme managers in how to collect high-quality data, for better programme evaluation and quality improvement.
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