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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