Over 4 out of 10 Italians do not undergo any preventive check-ups or screenings. Among the main reasons are a lack of awareness and sensitivity to the issue and limited financial resources. This is the somewhat disheartening picture that emerges from the latest edition of the STADA Health Report, a comprehensive online survey conducted between March and April 2023 by Human8 on behalf of the STADA Group. The survey included a representative sample of 32,000 people in 16 countries, including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.
The Italian results were presented at a press conference in Milan. In detail, 42% of Italians, especially men aged between 18 and 34, do not undergo any check-ups, while approximately half of the surveyed population (49%) only participate in some preventive activities. Among the most common medical check-ups are dental visits (59%) and blood tests (51%). There is lower participation in screenings for intestinal cancer (30%), skin cancer (26%), and gastroscopy (11%).
There are also some gender differences: women are more likely to undergo gynecological examinations (69%) or breast cancer screening programs (66%), while just over 4 out of 10 Italians aged over 55 (42%) participate in prostate cancer screenings, and only 9% of men undergo testicular cancer checks.
But what are the obstacles preventing broader adherence to healthcare checks? For 29% of those surveyed, the main reason is a lack of knowledge about which checks to undergo or limited financial means. 18% cite a lack of time, and 16% claim they do not need to participate in some preventive activities.