Screening reduces the risk of death from colorectal cancer

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Two studies of over 80,000 and 40,000 patients respectively, published in one of the world’s leading medical journals, the New England Journal of Medicine reveal that colorectal cancer screening with either faecal occult blood testing or screening colonoscopy significantly reduce the risk of death from colorectal cancer. The risk reduction was 68% with colonoscopy and 32% with positive faecal occult blood testing however it must be noted that the two studies were on different patient populations and cannot be directly compared. Both studies do however demonstrate the benefit of colorectal cancer screening. (reference: Shaukat et al, Nishihara et al. New England journal of Medicine September 2013 369 (12)).

If you would like to further discuss the suitability of colorectal cancer screening please see your GP or Gastroenterologist. I undertake consultation and colonoscopy at Liverpool Day Surgery and also perform procedures at Liverpool Hospital. Appointments and enquiries can be made on 9601 7766.

Dr Milan Bassan