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Person—cancer screening test type, bowel cancer code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termBowel cancer screening test type
METeOR identifier:Help on this term529838
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 29/08/2014
Definition:Help on this termThe type of cancer screening test the person receives to determine whether further testing is required to diagnose bowel cancer, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Person—cancer screening test type

Value domain attributes

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Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
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ValueMeaning
1Faecal occult blood test (FOBT)
8Other test type

Collection and usage attributes

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At present, the faecal occult blood test (FOBT) is the primary means by which bowel cancer screening is undertaken. FOBTs are accepted as the primary screening tool for bowel cancer by a large number of countries.

This value domain has been constructed to allow the future inclusion of additional screening test types should the need arise. Other test types may be added to this value domain if/when they become available.

The FOBT is a self-administered test to detect blood in bowel motions, but does not detect bowel cancer itself. A pathologist classifies a FOBT as positive if blood is detected in the sample, as the presence of blood may indicate abnormal growths within the bowel. Participants who have a positive FOBT test are recommended to have a diagnostic assessment to look for polyps or cancerous growths.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

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At present, the faecal occult blood test (FOBT) is the primary means by which bowel cancer screening is undertaken.

Other test types may be added to this data element if/when they become available.

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Bowel cancer screening test cluster Health, Standard 29/08/2014

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