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French colorectal cancer screening programme produces results:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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France's colorectal cancer screening programme is beginning to gather momentum. Despite a number of financial and bureaucratic delays, a total of some 20 centres are now offering screening or are on the point of doing so. Faecal occult blood tests are available to men and women aged between 50 and 75 in the programme and 90% of tests proposed by doctors have been carried out. To date, less than 2% of tests have returned positive. These have led to colonoscopies which have revealed a polyps in 30-40% of cases and cancer in 10%.

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