Colorectal cancer screening

Conseil d'Evaluation des Technologies de la Sante
Record ID 31999009151
English, French
Authors' objectives:

This report aims to review the epidemiology and carcinogenesis of colorectal cancer, then examine the evidence regarding the efficacy of different screening strategies both for precancerous lesions and malignant lesions that are still in their early stages.

Authors' recomendations: CETS believes that a colorectal cancer screening program would lead to a significant reduction in the mortality due to this type of cancer. Such a program would target asymptomatic persons aged 50-79 years and would involve biennial screening by FOB testing. The choice of a primary screening modality is still preliminary, since current research is exploring the direct use of colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or double contrast barium enema. There should be various prerequisites both for instituting the proposed preliminary program and exploring other strategies, including setting up feasibility studies and pilot trials for the purpose of validating the operational parameters in Quebec.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1999
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Mass Screening
  • Neoplasms
  • Occult Blood
Organisation Name: Conseil d'Evaluation des Technologies de la Santé du Québec
Contact Address: Conseil d'Evaluation des Technologies de la Santé du Québec, 2021, avenue Union, #1040, Montréal, Québec H3A S29, Canada. Tel: 514-873-2563; FAX: 514-873-1369
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Copyright: Conseil d'Evaluation des Technologies de la Sante du Quebec (CETS)
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