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#Time4Change: Russia

Published on 26 March 2018 back to previous

In Russia, more than 60,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are registered annually. It is the second most common cause of mortality from cancer in the country. However, there are positive signs. Since 2006, while the number of newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients has significantly increased, mortality rate from newly registered patients within a year from diagnosis has reduced.

Increasing the incentive for patient screening

While there is information available about colorectal cancer prevention, early detection and risks, there is a need for some improvements. Colorectal cancer screening techniques such as fecal occult blood tests (FOBTs) and colonoscopy are available, but could be better monitored and controlled. This is a reason why there is still a low rate of screening in Russia.

“It would be great to organise a wide-reaching information campaign in the central and regional media to explain the benefits of early cancer detection to citizens,” said Bashankaev Badma Nikolaevich, Head of the Surgery Center, GMS Clinic. “We believe that it would be a very strong personal motivator to link the responsibility of citizens to take a screening test with the volume of publicly funded medical services. For example: If a patient at the risk group, aged 50 years or over, regularly performed an FOBT test once in a year and then suffered from colorectal cancer, it is the full responsibility of the state to treat disease; while if the FOBT test was not performed because the patient chose not to, then the cancer treatment costs are covered partially.

At first, it would be advisable to choose the region and start this as a pilot project for colorectal cancer screening. Later results should be compared to the average results in the country. If the project will be successful, then it could be implemented nationwide.”


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