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National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: monitoring report 2016

Posted on: 25 July, 2016
Issue: Vol 16 No 3, July 2016 – September 2016
Related to Cancer Policies

Connell E, Meere D, Harvey J (2016)
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: monitoring report 2016
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) began in 2006 and aims to reduce the morbidity and mortality from bowel cancer by actively recruiting and screening the eligible target population aged between 50 and 74 for early detection or prevention of the disease.

This monitoring report is the first to examine the NBCSP using new key performance indicators. To ensure the most recent data are used for each indicator, the time frame in which each performance indicator is analysed can vary. However, where possible, analysis for indicators includes the period from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014.

Self-identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders had higher screening positivity rates than non-Indigenous Australians, yet had a lower follow-up diagnostic assessment rate and a longer median time between a positive screen and an assessment. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders had lower age-standardised bowel cancer incidence and mortality rates than non-Indigenous Australians.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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