Cost-effectiveness of screening for bowel cancer

Terry D Bolin, Melvyn G Korman, Fiona Nicholson, Lynne Pezzullo, Jeffrey Engelman, Katherine Collings and David Gilchrist Creelman
Med J Aust 2016; 204 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00037
Published online: 18 January 2016

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

Treating bowel cancer is expensive, and the cost is rising rapidly. In the past decade, costs have increased for treating cancers at all stages (in particular, Stages 3 and 4), largely due to increased chemotherapy options and the introduction of more effective but expensive drug regimens.1 Increased treatment costs are a stimulus for the considerable effort in the areas of prevention and early detection.

  • 1 Gastrointestinal and Liver Clinic, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 Monash Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Deloitte Access Economics, Canberra, ACT
  • 4 St George Private Hospital, Sydney, NSW
  • 5 The Gut Foundation, Sydney, NSW


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