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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 161-168

Policy of screening for colorectal cancer in Saudi Arabia: A prospective analysis


1 Hepatology Division, Department of Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery, King Abdulaziz Medical City and King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Gastroenterology Division, Department of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Abdulrahman M Aljebreen
Hepatology Division, Department of Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery, King Abdulaziz Medical City and King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/sjg.SJG_468_16

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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common cancers worldwide. Several policies of CRC screening are available in different countries. The idea of screening is to identify patients at risk by detection of precancerous and small cancers early enough before they become advanced. In Saudi Arabia (SA), there is no countrywide policy for CRC screening despite the increasing incidence of the disease. Screening for CRC is a multidisciplinary approach that requires education programs, substantial financial support, several logistic measures, and predetermined resources before implementing such a program. We performed a prospective and systematic analysis of the of the screening policy of CRC in SA in view of high demand, anticipated development, and implementation of such a policy in the near future. We also attempted to investigate the justification for developing such a policy, as well as the difficulties, barriers, and opportunities that may be faced in its implementation. Further, we highlighted the current view of similar international screening policies. In this analysis, we adopted the framework for health policy analysis that examines four areas which may affect policy development, namely; content, context, process and actors.


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