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Country fact sheet: Portugal


Reporting year for qualitative data: 2016
Source of qualitative data: Other (EU Report 2017)

Organization of screening

An individual/team/institution responsible to coordinate the programme: Yes
Dedicated budget for screening programme: Yes
Documented cancer screening policy: Yes
Nature of documentation of the policy: Recommendation
Year programme was initiated: 1990
Programme introduction was preceded by a pilot: -
Screening tests provided free of charge: Yes
Diagnostic tests provided free of charge: -
Treatment services provided free of charge: -

Information system and data collection

System that collects data: Individual
   • Identification of eligible population: -
   • Screening participation: -
   • Screening test results: -
   • Further assessment: -
   • Final pathology diagnosis: -
   • Cancer staging: -
   • Treatment: -
The information system exists at national or sub-national level: Individual: Unknown
Aggregated: Unknown
The information system collects data outside the programme (opportunistic screening/private sector): -
Cancer screening data is linked with population-based cancer registry (PBCR): PBCR exists but not linked

Screening protocol

A screening protocol or guideline: -
Year of published/updated protocol: -
Target age (min-max) and screening interval [months] for each test: Mammography/DBT (45-74 years / [24 months])
All mammograms read by two radiologists independently: -

Invitations for screening and further assessment

Initiatives to create population awareness by the Health Ministry/Health Authority: -
Invitations to eligible population: Yes
Source of the eligible individuals identified:
Method of invitation: Letter
Screen positive individuals actively contacted for further assessment: Yes
Individuals with a precancer or cancer diagnosis actively contacted: -

Quality Assurance (QA) of screening activities

Documented standard operating procedure/policy for QA: -
An individual/team/institution responsible for QA: Yes
Accreditation of mammography units: -
Accreditation of pathology services: -
Documented performance indicators: Yes
Reference standards for performance indicators: -
Evaluation reports published in the last five years: No

Performance indicators

Reporting year for quantitative data: 2016
Source of quantitative data: Report (EU Report 2017)
Age range and regional limitation if applicable: 50-69 years for Centro
Invitation coverage (%): 79.7
Participation rate (%): 66.8
Examination coverage (%):
Completeness of data related to screening test results (%): 100.0
Completeness of data related to further assessment results (%): 98.4
Further assessment rate (%): 2.5
Further assessment participation rate (%): 97.8
Detection rate of CIS (x 1000): 2.63
Detection rate of invasive cancer (x 1000): 0.02
Detection rate of CIS and invasive cancer (x 1000):
Positive Predictive Value of abnormal screening test to detect CIS (x 1000): 10.9
Positive Predictive Value of invasive cancer (x 1000):
Positive Predictive Value of CIS and invasive cancer (x 1000):
More quantitative data (Alentejo: 2013)
More quantitative data (Algarve: 2013)
More quantitative data (Azores: 2013)
More quantitative data (Centro: 2013)
More quantitative data (Lisbon: 2013)
More quantitative data (Madeira: 2013)
More quantitative data (Norte: 2013)

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