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National screening program for colorectal cancer launched in Norway
On August 25, 2022, the Norwegian Directorate of Health announced the launch of the National screening program for colorectal cancer (Bowel screening program - Tarmscreeningprogrammet). The program includes the following:
- All 55-year-old men and women will be offered a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) to identify hidden blood in the stool. Patients will take samples at home using a sample kit received by post and will send samples to a dedicated laboratory at Akershus University Hospital;
- If no blood is found in the stool, the next test will be offered every two years until the age of 65;
- If a FIT test is positive, a patient will be offered a colonoscopy examination at the nearest healthcare organization.
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