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


1,941,121 invitations

The number of men and women who received an invitation in 2017 for the colon cancer screening program.


1,411,998 clients

The number of men and women who participated in the colon cancer screening program in 2017.


71,632 redirects

The number of clients who were referred to the hospital in 2017 following their participation in the colon cancer screening program.


4,203x colon cancer found

A total of 4,203 colon cancers and 23,220 advanced adenomas were found among the participants invited in 2017.

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