Analysis and results

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Analysis and results
During the bowel cancer screening, the stool tests are sent to a laboratory. The laboratory will analyse whether there is blood in your stool. This cannot always be seen with the naked eye. Blood in stools could be a result of bowel cancer. Follow-up consultation will be needed if blood is found.

Result

You will receive a letter with the result within ten working days. The following results are possible:

No follow-up consultation is needed
No blood has been found in your stool. If you are still below 76 years of age in two years, you will receive an invitation for a further health screening.

Follow-up consultation is needed
Blood has been found in your stool. Blood in your stool could be a result of polyps or bowel cancer. There could also be other causes. That is why a follow-up consultation is needed. A hospital will investigate the cause.

The result letter contains an appointment for an admission appointment at the hospital. During that appointment you will be given an explanation about a colonoscopy of your large intestine. You can find more information about colonoscopies on www.bevolkingsonderzoekdarmkanker.nl
Your GP will not automatically receive your results. At your request, we will inform the GP if blood is found in your stool. If you want this, you must inform us of your GP’s details. You can do this via My Health Screening, or via our information line

It is also possible that no result is obtained. There can be different reasons for this. You will then receive a request to carry out the stool test again.

More information about the results can be found on the RIVM website

 

Frequently asked questions

  • If you participate in the health screening, this means you have requested the stool test and that you will receive the results from us.

    At your request, we will inform your GP if blood is found in your stool. If you would like us to do this, you must inform us of your GP’s details. You can do this via My Health Screening, or via our information line.

  • As with every medical examination, the health screening cannot give 100% certainty. There is always a chance that bowel cancer has not been detected. You can find more information on www.bevolkingsonderzoekdarmkanker.nl.

    If you can see blood in your stool, or of you have any bowel complaints, or you have suffered from constipation or diarrhoea for a long time without a clear cause, please do not wait for the next invitation for the health screening. Make an appointment with your GP straight away.

Read more about colon cancer on the website of the RIVM

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