Evidence that fall in colorectal cancer death rates is attributable to screening programmes

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Published: 28 Sep 2013
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Prof Philippe Autier - International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France

Prof Philippe Autier presented data at the European Cancer Conference (ECC2013) during a press conference on results extracted from data on CRC collected as part of the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) project on exposure to screening in men and women aged 50 and over in 11 European countries between 1989 and 2010.

Screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) in European countries is highly effective in reducing mortality from the disease. Some of the resources currently being devoted to breast and prostate screening programmes, where the evidence of effectiveness is much less clear-cut, should be reallocated to the early detection of CRC.

 

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