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Review: colorectal cancer screening with the faecal occult blood test reduced colorectal cancer mortality

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Q Does using the faecal occult blood test to screen for colorectal cancer reduce colorectal cancer mortality?


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Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, PsycINFO, AMED, SIGLE, HMIC, and Cochrane Library (to Feb 2006); reference lists; and study investigators.

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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared screening for colorectal cancer in adults using repeated faecal occult blood tests (guiac or immunochemical) with no screening. 4 RCTs were included (age 45–75 y, length of follow-up 8.5–18.4 y). Quality of study methods was …

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  • For correspondence: MrP Hewitson, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. paul.hewitson{at}

  • Source of funding: Cancer Research UK.