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Country fact sheet: Cuba


Reporting year for qualitative data: 2021
Source of qualitative data: Directly from Programme

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: Notification
Year programme was initiated: 2014
Programme introduction was preceded by a pilot: Yes, pilot evaluated but no report published
Screening tests provided free of charge: Yes
Diagnostic tests provided free of charge: Yes
Treatment services provided free of charge: Yes

Information system and data collection

System that collects data: Aggregated
   • Identification of eligible population: -
   • Screening participation: Aggregated
   • Screening test results: Aggregated
   • Further assessment: No
   • Final pathology diagnosis: No
   • Cancer staging: No
   • Treatment: No
The information system exists at national or sub-national level: Individual: Unknown
Aggregated: National
The information system collects data outside the programme (opportunistic screening/private sector): No
Cancer screening data is linked with population-based cancer registry (PBCR): PBCR exists but not linked

Screening protocol

A screening protocol or guideline: Yes
Year of published/updated protocol: 2017
Target age (min-max) and screening interval [months] for each test: FIT (50-99 years / [12 months])

Invitations for screening and further assessment

Initiatives to create population awareness by the Health Ministry/Health Authority: Mass media campaign
Group education
One-on-one education
Invitations to eligible population: Yes
Source of the eligible individuals identified: List from GP or PHC
Method of invitation: Home visits by health workers
Screening kit included with the invitation: Yes
Screen positive individuals actively contacted for further assessment: Yes
Individuals with a precancer or cancer diagnosis actively contacted: Yes

Quality Assurance (QA) of screening activities

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

Performance indicators

Reporting year for quantitative data: 2018
Source of quantitative data: directly from programme

FIT gFOBT Sigmoidoscopy   Colonoscopy
Target age and regional limitation if applicable: 50-99 years
Invitation coverage (%): 50.0
Participation rate (%):
Examination coverage (%): 11.7
Completeness of data related to screening results (%): 100.0
Completeness of data related to information about attendance to colonoscopy assessment (%):
Further assessment (diagnosis colonoscopy) rate (%): 10.2
Further assessment participation rate (%):
Detection rate of adenomas (x 1000):
Detection rate of advanced adenomas (x 1000):
Detection rate of colorectal cancers (x 1000):
Positive Predictive Value of further assessment to detect adenomas (%):
Positive Predictive Value of further assessment to detect advanced adenomas (%):
Positive Predictive Value of further assessment to detect colorectal cancers (%):
More quantitative data (Both - 2018/FIT)

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