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released: 4 Dec 2014 author: AIHW media release

This report presents a comparison of the mortality outcomes and cancer characteristics for two populations: those invited to screen in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) in 2006–2008, and those of a similar age who had not been invited to screen in that time period. Of the 2006–2008 bowel cancer diagnoses in these two groups, non-invitees were found to have a 15% higher risk of dying from bowel cancer than NBCSP invitees, and bowel cancers diagnosed in non-invitees were more likely to be at a more-advanced stage. These outcomes demonstrate that the NBCSP is contributing to reducing morbidity and mortality from bowel cancer in Australia. The report findings also suggest that the screening test has a high degree of accuracy.

ISBN 978-1-74249-667-2; Cat. no. CAN 87; 68pp.; $13

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • Bowel cancer mortality rates were lower for NBCSP invitees than non-invitees
      • On average, bowel cancers were less advanced for NBCSP invitees than non-invitees
      • Screening test performance
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Background
      • Project objectives
      • Structure of this report
    • 2 Data and methods
      • Data sources
      • Methods
    • 3 Details of study subjects
      • Descriptive statistics
    • 4 Results
      • Objective 1
      • Objective 2
      • Objective 3
      • Objective 4
    • 5 Discussion
      • Bowel cancer mortality rates were lower in the NBCSP invitee study group
      • Bowel cancer 'down-staging' was found for the NBCSP invitee study group
      • Characteristics of screen-detected bowel cancers
      • Interval cancers differed from screen-detected cancers
      • Screening test performance
      • Project strengths
      • Project limitations
      • Future directions of this work
  • End matter
    • Appendix A
      • Additional data source details
      • Classifications of population groups
      • Additional statistical methods
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2014. Analysis of bowel cancer outcomes for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. Cat. no. CAN 87. Canberra: AIHW.

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