Journal article

Why does New Zealand have such poor outcomes from colorectal cancer?: the importance of the pre-diagnostic period

Melissa Firth, Tania Blackmore, Lynne Chepulis, Rawiri Keenan, Tim Stokes, Mark Elwood, David Weller, Jon Emery, Ross Lawrenson

JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2021

Abstract

INTRODUCTION Over 3000 cases of colorectal cancer (CRC) are diagnosed annually in New Zealand. The proportion of late stage diagnoses is higher than in similar countries, and highest in Māori and Pacific patients. Survival outcomes are poorer than for people in Australia and poor for Māori and Pacific peoples. A regional screening programme is not yet available to the entire target population (60-74 years). AIM This study reviews research investigating the pre-diagnostic pathway for CRC in New Zealand and how this may contribute to poorer outcomes. METHODS This was a scoping review of original articles examining the pre-diagnostic period for CRC published on the PubMed database between 2009 ..

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Grants

Awarded by Health Research Council ofNew Zealand


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the Health Research Council ofNew Zealand (HRCgrant number 17/147).