Participating or not

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Participating or not
You should decide yourself whether you wish to participate. Participation in the health screening is free of charge. As with any other medical examination, there are advantages and disadvantages to the health screening. The government offers this health screening because the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. This could be different for you personally. You should decide yourself whether you wish to participate. If you do not want to participate, discard the stool test with your household waste.

Fee

The health screening (stool test) is free of charge. It is offered and paid for by the government. Any follow-up consultation (admission appointment and colonoscopy) does not form part of the screening programme. The costs relating to this follow-up consultation fall under your health insurance. You may have to pay the costs or some of the costs yourself. How much you have to pay depends on the level of your insurance excess and how much of this you have used. Please contact your health insurer if you have any questions about this.

Participating later or not participating

If you want to participate later, please be aware of the stool test’s use by date. This is stated on the packaging.

If you want to deregister you can indicate this via My Health Screening . You will need your DigiD to log in. You can also call our information line or send an e-mail. 

When should you not participate?

  • If you are being treated for bowel cancer.

  • If you have had a colonoscopy of your large intestine within the past five years.

  • If you are receiving bowel treatment in a hospital.

If you have any symptoms, please first contact your GP.

If you are unsure about participating in the health screening, discuss this with your GP or specialist to see whether there is any point in participating.

If you had previously deregistered (for a non-medical reason) and you would like to participate again at a later date, that’s no problem. You can indicate this via My Health Screening. You will need your DigiD to log in. You can also call our information line or send an e-mail. 

Visit the GP if you have symptoms

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

Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, that’s an option. You can deregister so that you no longer receive any invitations for future bowel cancer screenings. You can do this via My Health Screening, using your DigiD.  You can also call us or send an e-mail. We need your signature to finalise your deregistration. 

     

  • You should decide yourself whether you wish to participate. If you participate every two years, we have a higher chance of detecting polyps earlier.

Read more about colon cancer on the website of the RIVM

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