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Evaluation of colorectal cancer screening: a pilot demonstration project in Rabat Region, Morocco

Study sites: Rabat, Morocco
Principal investigator (PI) from IARC: P. Basu
PIs from collaborating institutions:Laila Amrani, Basma El Khannoussi, National Oncology Institute, Rabat, Morocco
Start date: 2017
Closure date:Ongoing
Objectives: To evaluate the acceptability, feasibility, organization, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in the general population setting in Morocco by integrating the programme within the existing public health services to inform and guide the eventual scaling up of CRC screening to cover the entire country
Methodology:A cross-sectional study will be conducted between November 2017 and February 2019. The study is a population-based pilot demonstration project of CRC screening using immunochemical faecal occult blood testing (iFOBT), targeting eligible men and women residing in the geographical region covered by selected primary health centres in the Rabat region of Morocco. The study will be widely publicized in the region to inform and encourage eligible men and women to voluntarily participate, adhere to the protocol, and benefit from the programme by reducing their risk of developing CRC.
Publications: Selmouni F., Amrani L., Sauvaget C., Bakkar M., El Khannoussi B., Souadka A., Benkabbou A., Majbar M.A., Belekhel L., Lucas E., Muwonge R., Chami Khazraji Y., Mohsine R., Bennani M., Sankaranarayanan R., Bekkali R., Basu P. Delivering colorectal cancer screening integrated with primary health care services in Morocco: Lessons learned from a demonstration project. Cancer. 2022 Jan 5.
PMID: 34985785
Funding: Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment

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