COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF SCREENING FOR BOWEL CANCER

Increasing bowel cancer testing rates through a general practitioner-organised health care package would reduce incidence and prove cost-effective.

In a paper published recently in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) Gut Foundation President Prof Terry Bolin said, "Bowel cancer is one of only two preventable cancers but not enough people are being screened." The Federal Government could save the Australian economy $2.6 billion if currently available bowel cancer screening measures are ramped up. Existing screening tools are highly cost effective and more needs to be done to counter Australia's heavy bowel cancer toll which claims one life every two hours. A solution could be to include bowel cancer screening and prevention in a health-care package driven by GPs.

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