Journal article

Initial impact of Australia's National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Sumitra S Ananda, Stephen J McLaughlin, Frank Chen, Ian P Hayes, Andrew A Hunter, Iain J Skinner, Malcolm CA Steel, Ian T Jones, Ian A Hastie, Nicholas A Rieger, Susan Shedda, Daniel J Compston, Peter Gibbs

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the initial impact of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP), which was launched in May 2006 and offers faecal occult blood testing to Australians aged 55 or 65 years. DESIGN AND SETTING: Review of data on colorectal cancer (CRC) cases diagnosed between May 2006 and June 2008 from a prospective database used at 19 Australian hospitals, linked and analysed by BioGrid Australia. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Number of CRC cases detected through the NBCSP or symptomatic presentation, and differences by sex, stage at diagnosis, tumour location and level of socioeconomic disadvantage. RESULTS: 1628 cases of CRC were identified; 1268 had information on the patients' tes..

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