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Colorectal cancer trends in Chile: a Latin-American country with marked socioeconomic inequities

by   Susana Mondschein, et al.

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most frequent malignant disease in the world. In some countries with established screening programs, its incidence and mortality have decreased, and survival has improved. AIMS: To obtain reliable data about the epidemiology of CRC in Chile, we analyzed the trends in the last ten years and the influence of observable factors on survival, including explicit guarantees in CRC treatment access (GES program). Publicly available data published by the Health Ministry and National Institute of Statistics were used. Data were obtained from registries of mortality and hospital discharges, making follow-up of the individuals possible. Crude and age-standardized incidence and mortality rates were calculated, and individual survival was studied by constructing Kaplan-Meier curves. Finally, a Cox statistical model was established to estimate the impact of the observable factors.


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