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Special Issue "The Impacts of Health Intervention on Cancer Epidemiology"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 October 2023 | Viewed by 1407

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Liguria Health Authority (A.Li.Sa.), Piazza della Vittoria 15, 16121 Genoa, Italy
Interests: epidemiological studies; health care management; preventive medicine; health planning; chronic disease management; health promotion; vaccine preventable diseases; disease epidemiological burden; disease economic burden
Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health, University of Cagliari, 09124 Cagliari, Italy
Interests: well-being; health prevention; psychosocial risk; stress; burnout
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Department of Health Sciences, University of Genoa, 16132 Genoa, Italy
Interests: vaccines; epidemiological Modeling; epidemiology and public Health; public health; infectious diseases
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Cancer diagnosis and treatment can have dramatic effects on the physical, psychological, and social wellbeing of patients and their caregivers and may cause a wide range of informational, emotional, and social unmet needs in the cancer trajectory of patients.

Patients in remission have a greater risk of developing new cancers compared with people who have never had cancer before. In this sense, several studies have documented that implementing good practices such as the prevention and the cessation of tobacco use, regular physical activity, maintenance of a healthy weight, and routine consulting with healthcare providers about follow-up care after a cancer diagnosis (i.e., survivorship care plans) can prevent new cancers or cancer recurrence, increase survival, and strengthen quality of life.

This Special Issue is addressed to evaluate the impact of health intervention on cancer epidemiology, investigating patients' and caregivers' health needs for supplying information, empowering people and orienting patients and caregivers towards specific social and health services, evaluating and planning re-orientation strategies based on health promotion principles, developing health-literacy competences, promoting healthy lifestyles for specific community groups, implementing policies and actions for active ageing, evaluating and promoting cancer screening adherence by the community, and implementing vaccination programs for specific high-risk groups.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Communication in cancer care and prevention
  • Healthy and active ageing
  • Health needs
  • Health promotion approach
  • Future strategies and perspectives

Dr. Maria Francesca Piazza
Dr. Maura Galletta
Dr. Daniela Amicizia
Guest Editors

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  • cancer
  • screening
  • healthy lifestyle
  • health promotion
  • information need
  • psychosocial need
  • satisfaction

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The First 30 Years of the Universal Hepatitis-B Vaccination-Program in Italy: A Health Strategy with a Relevant and Favorable Economic-Profile
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(23), 16365; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph192316365 - 06 Dec 2022
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In 1991, Italy was one of the first countries worldwide to introduce a universal hepatitis-B vaccination for children. Since then, epidemiological data have clearly demonstrated the huge clinical benefits of the vaccination. The aim of this study was to update the favorable economic [...] Read more.
In 1991, Italy was one of the first countries worldwide to introduce a universal hepatitis-B vaccination for children. Since then, epidemiological data have clearly demonstrated the huge clinical benefits of the vaccination. The aim of this study was to update the favorable economic impact of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination, 30 years after its implementation. A mathematical model was developed to simulate the clinical/economic impact of the universal HBV-vaccination program versus a hypothetical no-vaccination scenario as a posteriori analysis. We assessed the vaccination benefits over a 30-year-immunization-period (1991–2020), and the following period, 2021–2070. Our data showed a big drop in HBV-related diseases (−82% in infections, chronic disease, and hepatocellular-carcinoma cases), and related costs (−67% in the immunization period and −85% in 2021–2070), attributable to vaccination. The return on investment (ROI) and the benefit-to-cost (BCR) ratios are >1 for the first thirty-year-immunization-period, and are predicted to almost triplicate the economic savings in the period 2021–2070, both for the National Health Service (NHS) and from societal perspectives. Our model confirmed that the implementation of universal HBV-vaccination in Italy during the first 30 years continues to be a cost-saving strategy, and more advantageous effects will be further achieved in the future. The HBV-vaccination strategy greatly expresses a huge impact in both the short- and long-term, and from the clinical and economic point-of-views. Full article
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