Quality follow-up colonoscopy is key

The government allocated an extra $49.7 million to extend faecal immunochemical testing (FIT) to all Australians turning 60 next year and to 70-year-olds from 2015, with an aim to screen everyone over 50 from 2017.

And although this was denounced as ‘too little, too late’ by some public health advocates, the move was welcomed by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), provided the quality of follow-up colonoscopy was also ensured.

GESA president Professor William Sievert had previously described the additional spending on the bowel cancer screening program as a “budgetary no-brainer

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