Supplement ArticlesLung cancer risks, beliefs and healthcare access among the underprivilegedMorère, Jean-Françoisa; Viguier, Jérômeb; Touboul, Chantalc; Pivot, Xavierd; Blay, Jean-Yvese; Coscas, Yvanf; Lhomel, Christineg; Eisinger, Françoish,i,j Author Information aDepartment of Oncology and Hematology, Paul-Brousse University Hospital, Inserm U1004, Villejuif bCoordination Center for Cancer Screening, Bretonneau 2 University Hospital, Tours cKantar Health, Montrouge dDepartment of Medical Oncology, Jean Minjoz University Hospital, Inserm U645, Besançon eLéon Bérard Cancer Centre, Lyon fPorte de Saint-Cloud Clinic, Boulogne-Billancourt gRoche, Boulogne Billancourt hDepartment of Cancer Control, Paoli-Calmettes Institute iAix Marseille University, UMR_S912, IRD jINSERM, UMR912 (SESSTIM), Marseille, France Correspondence to Jean-François Morère, MD, PhD, Department of Oncology and Hematology, Paul-Brousse University Hospital, 12 Avenue Paul Vaillant Couturier, 94800 Villejuif, France Tel: +33 0 145 59 36 30; fax: +33 0 145 59 34 98; e-mail: [email protected] Received February 16, 2015 Accepted February 18, 2015 European Journal of Cancer Prevention 24():p S82-S86, July 2015. | DOI: 10.1097/CEJ.0000000000000143 Buy Metrics Abstract One of the current goals of the French national cancer plan is to reduce healthcare inequalities. This study investigated the potential links between vulnerable social status, exposure to lung cancer risk factors and access to healthcare to highlight ways to improve lung cancer control in this population. The nationwide observational study EDIFICE 3 was carried out through phone interviews of a representative sample of 1603 individuals (age 40–75 years). The EPICES validated questionnaire was used to assess and classify vulnerable respondents. The vulnerable population identified represented 33% of the sample. Compared with nonvulnerable individuals, they had more risk factors for cancer: a higher BMI (26.0 vs. 24.8, P≤0.01), 38% were active smokers (vs. 23%, P≤0.01) with a heavier and longer-lasting tobacco consumption (16.0 cigarettes/day vs. 10.1, P≤0.01 and 29.4 vs. 26.3 years of smoking, P≤0.01) and they were less likely to undertake any physical activities (42 vs. 77%, P≤0.01). They also presented more comorbidities (on average 2.2 vs. 1.8, P≤0.01). Access to healthcare, however, was not discriminatory: vulnerable individuals declared consulting a general practitioner or an oncologist more often than the nonvulnerable subgroup (5.4 vs. 3.7 and 6.7 vs. 2.5 consultations in the previous 12 months, respectively, P≤0.01). Because access to healthcare and screening attendance show no signs of discrimination against vulnerable populations, efforts to reduce inequities in lung cancer control should focus on prevention. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.