DK Folder 2021

Why we conduct this screening?

The health screening aims to detect abnormalities that could lead to bowel cancer at the earliest possible stage. This increases the chances of successful treatment. This also often means that the treatment is less invasive. The bowel cancer screening programme is for all men and women aged 55 to 75 years. During the bowel cancer screening, we examine whether there is blood in your stool (poo). Blood in your stool could be a result of polyps and/or bowel cancer. Bowel cancer starts as a polyp in the large intestine. A polyp is a small lump on the inner lining of the large intestine. Most polyps are benign, but bowel cancer can develop in some polyps. People usually don’t notice anything when they have polyps.

How does the screening work?

Proven effective

2.312.606 invitations

The number of men and women who received an invitation in 2021 for the colon cancer screening program.

1.632.493 clients

The number of men and women who participated in the colon cancer screening program in 2021.

74.309 redirects

The number of clients who were referred to the hospital in 2021 following their participation in the colon cancer screening program. This is 4,6%.

2.790x colon cancer found

A total of 2.790 colon cancers and 16.878 advanced adenomas were found among the participants invited in 2021.

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