Fall in colorectal cancer death rates attributed to screening

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

Prof Philippe Autier talks ecancer at the European Cancer Conference (ECC 2013) about the results extracted from data on colorectal cancer 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 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 colorectal cancer.

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