Screening for colon cancer

Surveys have shown that bowel cancer screening can reduce mortality of the disease with 15-30 percent among people over 50 years of age. Without screening bowel cancer is discovered late by approximately 60 percent of the patients, because symptoms appear late.

In Denmark alone, around 5.000 people a year develop cancer of the colon or rectum. Bowel cancer is one of the most widespread types of cancer in the population.

Taking a test can reveal whether or not you have hidden blood in your stool, which is one of the first signs of bowel cancer. You cannot see it or tell whether it is there; only a test can reveal it. The earlier bowel cancer is discovered, the greater the chances it can be cured. Therefore it is vital to be tested.

Colorectal cancer screening in Denmark

Citizens in the age from 50 to 74 are invited to partake in screening for bowel cancer every second year.

What is cancer, and who develops it?

Cancer is an illness that starts with a tumor somewhere in the body, e.g. in the colon. If cancer is not treated, it can spread to other parts of the body. Some people die from cancer, but not everyone. People all over the world develop cancer.

Causes of bowel cancer

Several studies show that your diet plays a role. Obesity, alcohol and an inactive lifestyle are among the factors increasing your risk of colorectal cancer.

Read more about cancer prevention and treatment:

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