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National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: monitoring report 2017

Posted on: 5 June, 2017
Issue: Vol 17 No 2, April 2017 – June 2017
Related to Deaths Cancer Policies

Meere D, Harvey J (2017)
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: monitoring report 2017
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 second to examine the NBCSP using new key performance indicators.

Only estimates of participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is available due to the relatively high proportion of Indigenous status that is ‘not stated’ in the data sets used.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 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 (2012) and mortality rates (2010-2014) than non-Indigenous Australians.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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