Progress and challenges in colorectal cancer screening

Cesare Hassan, E Quintero, C Senore, Y. Saito

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Although faecal and endoscopic tests appear to be effective in reducing colorectal cancer incidence and mortality, further technological and organizational advances are expected to improve the performance and acceptability of these tests. Several attempts to improve endoscopic technology have been made in order to improve the detection rate of neoplasia, especially in the proximal colon. Based on the latest evidence on the long-term efficacy of screening tests, new strategies including endoscopic and faecal modalities have also been proposed in order to improve participation and the diagnostic yield of programmatic screening. Overall, several factors in terms of both efficacy and costs of screening strategies, including the high cost of biological therapy for advanced colorectal cancer, are likely to affect the cost-effectiveness of CRC screening in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)846985-846985
Number of pages1
JournalGastroenterology Research and Practice
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • colorectal cancer


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