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[Comment] Equal access to colorectal cancer screening

Population-based screening is effective in reducing the burden of colorectal cancer, and organised screening programmes have been implemented in many European countries.1 Maximum participation in screening is crucial to achieve the greatest health benefits at population level. As with most cancer screening programmes, however, there is a gradient in uptake of colorectal cancer screening by socioeconomic status, from the most to the least deprived.2–4 Because colorectal cancer screening results in earlier diagnosis or primary prevention, inequalities in colorectal cancer outcomes between socioeconomic groups are expected to increase with wider implementation of screening programmes.