Colorectal cancer screening

Australian Health Technology Advisory Committee
Record ID 31998008689
Authors' objectives:

The aim of this review is to assess the evidence on the benefits, risks and costs of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening, and to make recommendations to the Minister on whether a programme of population screening should be introduced in Australia.

Authors' recommendations: This report has assessed the scientific evidence from the three completed international RCTs and, where RCTs are not available, the results of strong and intermediate strength studies. On balance, AHTAC considers that, on the basis of the published evidence and following its assessment of CRC against the Wilson and Jungner WHO criteria, screening for CRC in the Australian setting shows sufficient promise to warrant exploration through the establishment of pilot and feasibility studies.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
URL for project:
Year Published: 1997
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Australia
MeSH Terms
  • Colonoscopy
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Mass Screening
  • Occult Blood
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Neoplasms
Organisation Name: Australian Health Technology Advisory Committee
Contact Address: Naarilla Hirsch, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Health Technology Unit, GPO Box 570, Canberra, ACT, 2601, Australia
Copyright: Australian Health Technology Advisory Committee
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