Source: Journal of Medical Screening
Year of publication: 2008
Publication type: Journal article
In a nutshell: Screening for colorectal cancer by biennial testing for faecal occult blood was introduced in the UK in 2007. This study examined the likely impact of the programme. The decrease in mortality rates, expected 20 years after introducing screening, is 13-17% in men and 12-15% in women (depending on the attendance levels). The model predicts an initial rise in incidence, followed (after six to seven years) by a fall, so that there is little net change in the number of cases detected over a 20 year period. The projected saving in terms of numbers of lives is 1800-2400 per year by 2025.
Length of publication: 12 page journal article
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