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Medicina, Vol.44 No.3-4 December 2008. -

Aim: To present the -Program of early detection of colon cancer- in Primorsko-goranska county.

Subjects and methods: In the period of the years 2006-2008, 7.483 patients ages 50 to 69 years were summoned for the analysis of hemoccult test. Hemoccult test was done on 3.978 patients 53%.

Results: 490 12,3% patients had positive hemoccult tests and were sent to gastroenterologist.

Discussion: Colorectal cancer is one of three most frequent cancer sites in both sexes in Croatia, and also in Primorsko-goranska county. In the year 2005 there were 2.843 new cases in Croatia. Until now the approach to early detection of colorectal carcinoma was not systematic and hemoccult stool test was not a rutine test. In the year 2006 Primorsko-goranska county initiated the -Program for early detection of colon cancer-. The Teaching Institute for public health is the host of the program.

Conclusions: Program of early detection of colorectal cancer using hemoccult testing should become a rutine test because the method is cost-effective, and brings lower morbidity and mortality from colorectal carcinoma.

colorectal cancer; hemoccult; prevention; screening

Author: Suzana Janković - ; Department of public health Primorsko goranska county, Rijeka, Croatia Đulija Malatestinić - ; Department



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