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Impact of organised programs on colorectal cancer screening.

Abstract : PURPOSE: Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening has been shown to decrease CRC mortality. Organised mass screening programs are being implemented in France. Its perception in the general population and by general practitioners is not well known. METHODS: Two nationwide observational telephone surveys were conducted in early 2005. First among a representative sample of subjects living in France and aged between 50 and 74 years that covered both geographical departments with and without implemented screening services. Second among General Practionners (Gps). Descriptive and multiple logistic regression was carried out. RESULTS: Twenty-five percent of the persons(N = 1509) reported having undergone at least one CRC screening, 18% of the 600 interviewed GPs reported recommending a screening test for CRC systematically to their patients aged 50-74 years. The odds ratio (OR) of having undergone a screening test using FOBT was 3.91 (95% CI: 2.49-6.16) for those living in organised departments (referent group living in departments without organised screening), almost twice as high as impact educational level (OR = 2.03; 95% CI: 1.19-3.47). CONCLUSION: CRC screening is improved in geographical departments where it is organised by health authorities. In France, an organised screening programs decrease inequalities for CRC screening.
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François Eisinger, Laurent Cals, Anne Calazel-Benque, Jean-Yves Blay, Yvan Coscas, et al.. Impact of organised programs on colorectal cancer screening.. BMC Cancer, BioMed Central, 2008, 8, pp.104. ⟨10.1186/1471-2407-8-104⟩. ⟨inserm-00484223⟩

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