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Cancer Screening & Prevention

Code: MO14     Acronym: RPO

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Health Sciences

Instance: 2021/2022 - 2S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Population Studies
Course/CS Responsible: Master Degree in Oncology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MO 12 Oficial Plan 2018 1 - 3 23 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria Jose Afonso Teodosio Bento

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 1,43
Other: 0,21
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 1,428
Ana Filipa dos Santos Gonçalves 0,107
Maria Jose Afonso Teodosio Bento 1,321
Other Totals 1 0,214
Maria Jose Afonso Teodosio Bento 0,214

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


To address the main aspects of primary, secondary, tertiary and chemo-prevention of cancer.
To evaluate the differences between the community and individual approaches to cancer prevention
To analyze the main methods of evaluation of screening, errors and determinants of the application of the screenings in the population.
To evaluate the Health Intervention Programs in the North Region as the screening of breast and cervical cancer and colorectal cancer.

Learning outcomes and competences

Knowledge – at the end of the course students will be able to distinguish between primary, secondary and third prevention of cancer; they will also be able to distinguish between population and high-risk prevention strategies.

Skills - at the end of the course students will be able to use the appropriate methodologies to assess screening programs.

Attitudes - at the end of the course students will be critical about decisions concerning screening implementation.

Working method



1. Cancer prevention

- Definition and scope of the various levels of prevention

- Main risk factors: tobacco, infection, chemical agents. Role of diet and exercise

- Prevention at the individual and community level

2. Cancer screening

- General principles of screening

- Applicability

- Evaluation

3. Screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer

- Population covered

- Method

- Practical aspects of the implementation of screenings in the Northern Region of Portugal

4. Definition of priority areas of intervention


Mandatory literature

Hennekens CH & Buring JE; Epidemiology in Mediicne. ISBN: 0-316-35636-0

Complementary Bibliography

; Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, Michael Thun, Martha S. Linet, James R. Cerhan, Christopher A. Haiman, and David Schottenfeld, 2017. ISBN: ISBN-13: 9780190238667

Comments from the literature

More detailed information about the course will be given during the teaching and some of it will be available on the website.

Teaching methods and learning activities

Lectures and group discussions.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 10,00
Estudo autónomo 50,00
Frequência das aulas 40,00
Total: 100,00

Eligibility for exams

According to official guidelines.

Calculation formula of final grade

Oral presenation by the student = 100%

Examinations or Special Assignments


Internship work/project


Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)


Classification improvement

Not applicable
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