2008~2016 Cancer Screening Check-rate by Sex
This is the result of a biennial review of cancer screening check-rate by sex from 2008 to 2016 through the National Health Screening Statistical Yearbook published by the National Health Insurance Service. Cancer screening rate means the percentage of the number of examinees among who are subjected to cancer screening. And generally women have higher rate than men. By 2016, 51.5% of women and 46.1% of men were found to have undergone cancer screening, which is less than half the population who are subjected to the screening.
Looking at the changes of cancer screening check-rate, women’s rate increased 7.5% p from 45.8% in 2008 to 53.3% in 2010. But in 2012, it decreased to 41.7%. Since then, the rate have increased reaching 49.4% and 51.5% in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Men also showed cancer screening check-rate similar to those of women. In 2008, the screening rate for male health checkups rose from 34.1% to 41.5% in 2010, which is 7.4% p increase. In 2012, it dropped to 36.4% and then increased again to 41.3% and 46.1% in 2014 and 2016, respectively.
Despite this increase, the cancer screening check-rate is still only around 50%. Above all, "early discovery and treatment" is an important. Therefore, getting individuals' attention as well as policy efforts are needed to ensure that more people receive regular cancer screening.