Screening program raises bowel cancer survival rate

BioGrid Australia analysed data from six Victorian hospitals comparing the prognosis for 103 asymptomatic individuals found to have cancer through their participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) and 793 patients who presented to doctors with symptoms.

The NBCSP patients, aged 50–65 years at diagnosis, had a projected five-year survival of 95% compared to 73% for patients of the same age who had symptoms, the study showed.

Commenting, Cancer Council Australia CEO Professor Ian Olver said the analysis added weight to the evidence