When colorectal cancer develops, you do not have any symptoms at first. As a result, the disease is often discovered late. Therefore, it is important to detect colorectal cancer before you develop symptoms.

Dr E Vanderstraeten

Since 2013, men and women aged 50-74 are invited by the Flemish government to have a stool test every two years. A laboratory checks to see if your stool sample contains any traces of blood. Too much blood in the stool can indicate colorectal cancer or polyps, these are the precursors of colorectal cancer. In case of an abnormal test result, an additional examination with a colonoscopy is recommended. In this process, polyps can be detected and removed before cancer cells form. As a result, complications or heavier treatments can be avoided.

For further information about the population screening: www.bevolkingsonderzoek.be