Low screening rates for patients at high risk of bowel cancer

A study of more than 1600 people in the Australasian Colorectal Cancer Family Registry shows only 4% are having screening colonoscopy at recommended intervals.

Researchers from the University of Melbourne and CSIRO Preventative Health Flagship found that among 1236 individuals at moderately increased risk, only 6% were regularly screened.

Among 1166 participants not adhering to guidelines advice, 78% had never had any screening test, including FOBT or endoscopy.

Among 392 people deemed at potentially high risk of the disease due to family history, only three individuals (1%) reported appropriate screening