National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is working for those involved

News item on the efficacy of the National Bowel Screening Program

Data from a South Australian study confirms that the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program trial (NBCSP) is detecting more early stage and thus curable bowel cancers an article in Medical Observer reports. The study is being presented at the Australian Gastroenterology Week meeting in Brisbane. Within the screening program 43.1% of all screen-detected cancers were in the curable stage A, whereas the rate of stage A cancers detected outside the screening program was 22.3%.

In the screening program stage D, advanced cancers comprised just 3.3% of bowel cancers detected. However outside the screening program 14.3% of cancers detected were at this late stage.

The new data is in line with a Biogrid Australia analysis published in 2009. This study, based on data from 19 hospitals, found similar benefits from the screening program. At present the NBCSP is being offered to the subgroup of Australians turning 50, 55 or 65 years of age between January 2011 and December 2014. It uses faecal occult blood testing.


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