State to launch colon cancer screening

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Starting next year, all men and women in Norway will be called in for colon cancer screening when they turn 55. It’s part of a new national health effort to detect colon cancer early, and save lives.

Funding to make a successful pilot program permanent was included in the government’s proposed state budget for 2020 that was presented to Parliament earlier this week.

Colon cancer is among illnesses that cost the most lives in Norway, according to the national cancer association Kreftforeningen. The new screening program is expected to reduce the death rate by as many as 300 people per year, “so we have no time to lose,” Ole Alexander Opdalshei of the cancer association told newspaper VG. staff