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Colorectal cancer screening: taking precautions can save lives

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in this country, which is why cancer screenings should not be neglected, even in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. But, what is a screening programme and which cantons offer one?

Early detection increases chances of cure

The rule is: the earlier the cancer is detected, the gentler the treatment and the better the prospects for a cure.

That is why many cantons have so-called bowel cancer screening programmes for early detection. In the canton of Basel-Stadt, for example, all residents between the ages of 50 and 69 are invited to take part in a bowel cancer screening examination in cooperation with the Krebsliga beider Basel.

Participants choose between a stool test every 2 years and a colonoscopy every 10 years. The examinations within the framework of this programme are exempt from the deductible; only a 10% retention is payable. Similar programmes are already offered in many other cantons or will be introduced in 2021.

You can find cancer screening programmes in your region here (page in German).

What is a screening programme?

In a screening programme, certain people are regularly invited to undergo an examination for the early detection of cancer. The goal: to detect a disease before symptoms appear. In this way, the chances of recovery can be increased, a gentler therapy can be applied or the disease can even be avoided. Sympany covers the majority of the examination costs.

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