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Journal of Medical Screening

Aaron J Quyn, Callum G Fraser, Greig Stanners, Francis A Carey, Claire Carden, Aasma Shaukat, Robert Jc Steele
Objective Age, sex, and deprivation are known factors influencing colorectal (bowel) cancer screening uptake. We investigated the influence of these factors on uptake over time. Methods Data from the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme (SBoSP) were collected between 2007 and 2014. End-points for analysis were uptake, faecal occult blood test positivity, and disease detection, adjusted for age, sex, deprivation, and year of screening. Results From 5,308,336 individual screening episodes documented, uptake gradually increased with increasing age up to 65-69 and was lower in men than women (52...
March 2018: Journal of Medical Screening
Magdalene Antoine, Ketty Lee, Tyhiesia Donald, Yonni Belfon, Ali Drigo, Sharon Polson, Francis Martin, George Mitchell, Maryse Etienne-Julan, Marie-Dominique Hardy-Dessources
Objective To establish the birth prevalence of sickle cell disease in Grenada, with a view to assess the requirement for a population-based neonatal screening programme. Methods A two-year pilot neonatal screening programme, involving the Ministry of Health of Grenada, the Sickle Cell Association of Grenada, and the diagnostic laboratory of hemoglobinopathies of the University Hospital of Guadeloupe, was implemented in 2014-2015 under the auspices of the Caribbean Network of Researchers on Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia...
March 2018: Journal of Medical Screening
Grażyna Greczka, Monika Zych, Maciej Wróbel, Piotr Dąbrowski, Joanna Szyfter Harris, Witold Szyfter
Objectives Routine analysis showed that between 1 June and 30 November 2014, only 47.6% of expected follow-up visits at the diagnostic level were registered in the Polish Universal Neonatal Hearing Screening Programme central database. We attempted to detect and analyse the reasons for this low percentage. Methods A telephone survey questionnaire was developed for parents whose children had not registered for consultation at the diagnostic level, or had not received a final diagnosis according to the programme database...
March 2018: Journal of Medical Screening
Joyce C Harper
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis was first successfully performed in 1989 as an alternative to prenatal diagnosis for couples at risk of transmitting a genetic or chromosomal abnormality, such as cystic fibrosis, to their child. From embryos generated in vitro, biopsied cells are genetically tested. From the mid-1990s, this technology has been employed as an embryo selection tool for patients undergoing in vitro fertilisation, screening as many chromosomes as possible, in the hope that selecting chromosomally normal embryos will lead to higher implantation and decreased miscarriage rates...
March 2018: Journal of Medical Screening
Kirsty F Bennett, Jo Waller, Amanda J Chorley, Rebecca A Ferrer, Jessica B Haddrell, Laura Av Marlow
Objectives Understanding why some women actively decline cervical screening could contribute to tailored intervention development. We explored reasons for non-participation in cervical screening among women who had made an active decision not to attend in the future. We also explored interest in human papillomavirus self-sampling. Methods In a population-based survey of women in Great Britain, home-based computer-assisted interviews were carried out with screening eligible women. Women reported their intention to attend for screening when next invited...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Medical Screening
Drahomira Springer, Jaroslav Loucky, Pavel Tesner, David Cutka, David Stejskal, Vladimir Gregor, Tomas Zima
Objective In the Czech Republic, over 97% of all pregnant women undergo some type of antenatal screening for Down's syndrome. In about 95% of cases with a confirmed fetal chromosomal abnormality, the pregnancy is terminated. The most commonly used test is the first trimester combined test. We investigated the impact of implementing an integrated sequential test to improve the detection of Down's syndrome pregnancies. Methods Data on the incidence of congenital defects, number of births, and affected pregnancies terminated are recorded in the National Registry of Congenital Anomalies...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Medical Screening
Madeleine Freeman, Jo Waller, Peter Sasieni, Anita Ww Lim, Laura Av Marlow
Objectives One reason that women over age 50 report avoiding cervical screening is increased discomfort postmenopause. This study aimed to explore the acceptability of human papillomavirus testing on clinician-collected vaginal samples without a speculum ('non-speculum') for cervical screening among older women. Methods Thirty-eight women in England aged 50-64 with a range of cervical screening experience ('up-to-date' n = 17, 'overdue screening' n = 18, 'never screened' n = 3) were identified via a recruitment agency...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Medical Screening
J R Morling, A N Barke, C J Chapman, R F Logan
Objective To understand the usage and acceptability of a faecal collection device amongst participants in the National Health Service Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, with the aim of influencing future uptake. Setting Participants completing faecal occult blood test retests as part of the routine Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in Eastern England. Methods A faecal collection device and questionnaire were sent to all potential retest participants during a one-month period to collect information on prior stool collection methods and ease of use and usefulness of the enclosed faecal collection device...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Medical Screening
Barbara Nemesure, April Plank, Lisa Reagan, Denise Albano, Michael Reiter, Thomas V Bilfinger
Objective Current lung cancer screening criteria based primarily on outcomes from the National Lung Screening Trial may not adequately capture all subgroups of the population at risk. We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of lung cancer screening criteria recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network in identifying known cases of lung cancer. Methods An investigation of the Stony Brook Cancer Center Lung Cancer Evaluation Center's database identified 1207 eligible, biopsy-proven lung cancer cases diagnosed between January 1996 and March 2016...
December 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
Sherry Yueh-Hsia Chiu, Nea Malila, Amy Ming-Fang Yen, Sam Li-Sheng Chen, Jean Ching-Yuan Fann, Matti Hakama
Objective Because colorectal cancer (CRC) has a long natural history, estimating the effectiveness of CRC screening programmes requires long-term follow-up. As an alternative, we here demonstrate the use of a temporal multi-state natural history model to predict the effectiveness of CRC screening. Methods In the Finnish population-based biennial CRC screening programme using faecal occult blood tests (FOBT), which was conducted in a randomised health services study, we estimated the pre-clinical incidence, the mean sojourn time (MST), and the sensitivity of FOBT using a Markov model to analyse data from 2004 to 2007...
December 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
Damien Bennett, Diane Stewart, Deirdre Kearns, Adrian Mairs, Peter Ellis
Objectives To compare abdominal aortic aneurysm screening outcomes of men with non-visualized aorta at original scan with subsequent scans and to determine predictors of non-visualized aorta. Methods In the Northern Ireland Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening programme, outcomes (discharge, annual surveillance, three-monthly surveillance, or vascular referral) and patient and programme characteristics (age, deprivation quintile, family history, technician experience, and screening location) for men with non-visualized aorta were investigated at original scan, and first and second rescans...
December 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
Maiju Pankakoski, Sirpa Heinävaara, Tytti Sarkeala, Ahti Anttila
Objective Regular screening and follow-up is an important key to cervical cancer prevention; however, screening inevitably detects mild or borderline abnormalities that would never progress to a more severe stage. We analysed the cumulative probability and recurrence of cervical abnormalities in the Finnish organized screening programme during a 22-year follow-up. Methods Screening histories were collected for 364,487 women born between 1950 and 1965. Data consisted of 1 207,017 routine screens and 88,143 follow-up screens between 1991 and 2012...
December 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
Erin L Symonds, Stephen R Cole, Dawn Bastin, Robert Jl Fraser, Graeme P Young
Objectives Faecal immunochemical test accuracy may be adversely affected when samples are exposed to high temperatures. This study evaluated the effect of two sample collection buffer formulations (OC-Sensor, Eiken) and storage temperatures on faecal haemoglobin readings. Methods Faecal immunochemical test samples returned in a screening programme and with ≥10 µg Hb/g faeces in either the original or new formulation haemoglobin stabilizing buffer were stored in the freezer, refrigerator, or at room temperature (22℃-24℃), and reanalysed after 1-14 days...
December 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
Enkeleint-Aggelos Mechili, Dimitra Sifaki-Pistolla
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
Maryam Doroudi, Barnett S Kramer, Paul F Pinsky
Objective To provide evidence about the performance characteristics and consequences of bimanual ovarian palpation. Setting and methods The Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian cancer screening trial randomized 154,900 individuals to either an intervention or control arm. Enrolled eligible participants were aged 55-74, had no history of trial cancers, and no current treatment for cancer. Intervention arm women received CA-125 tests and transvaginal ultrasound. Bimanual ovarian palpation was offered annually during the first four years of the trial...
December 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
Florence Molinié, Solenne Delacour-Billon, Brigitte Tretarre, Patricia Delafosse, Brigitte Seradour, Marc Colonna
Objective A decrease in advanced breast cancer incidence is considered an early indicator of breast cancer mortality reduction in a screening programme. We describe trends in breast cancer incidence according to tumour size and age in three French administrative areas, where an organized screening programme was implemented during the 1990s. Methods Our study included all 28,092 invasive breast cancers diagnosed from 2000 to 2010 in women living in three areas (Hérault, Isère, Loire-Atlantique). Age, year of diagnosis, and size of tumour at diagnosis was provided by the three area cancer registries...
December 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
Daniel Hughes, Sunil Nair, John N Harvey
Objectives To determine the necessary screening interval for retinopathy in diabetic patients with no retinopathy based on time to laser therapy and to assess long-term visual outcome following screening. Methods In a population-based community screening programme in North Wales, 2917 patients were followed until death or for approximately 12 years. At screening, 2493 had no retinopathy; 424 had mostly minor degrees of non-proliferative retinopathy. Data on timing of first laser therapy and visual outcome following screening were obtained from local hospitals and ophthalmology units...
December 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
Andrew Coldman, Dirk van Niekerk, Laurie Smith, Gina Ogilvie
Objectives To estimate the impact of increased participation in screening, and of the proposed change from Pap to human papillomavirus screening on the incidence of cervical cancer in British Columbia. Methods For invasive cervical cancer cases diagnosed in British Columbia between 2002 and 2011, data were extracted on age and cancer morphology from the British Columbia Cancer Registry, and Pap screening history was obtained from the British Columbia Cervical Cancer Screening Program database. Only screening performed two to seven years prior to diagnosis was assumed to reduce subsequent risk of cancer...
December 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
Nicholas J Wald
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December 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
Aradhna Kaushal, Amanda J Ramirez, Fiona Warburton, Alice S Forster, Louise Linsell, Caroline Burgess, Lorraine Tucker, Lynne Omar, Lindsay Jl Forbes
Objective In a randomized controlled trial, the Promoting Early Presentation intervention increased older women's breast cancer awareness after two years. We investigated whether this increase was sustained at three years, and the effect on breast screening self-referral. Methods We randomly allocated 867 women attending their final invited breast screening appointment to the Promoting Early Presentation intervention or usual care. We examined breast cancer awareness after three years and breast screening self-referrals after four years...
September 2017: Journal of Medical Screening
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