March 1, 2021
About 450,000 people are newly diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year in Europe, and around 140,000 people died from the disease across the EU-27 in 2016. In France, more than 43,000 new colorectal cancer cases and more than 17,000 deaths are estimated to occur each year. Screening enables colorectal cancer to be uncovered at an early stage, and the earlier it is detected, the greater the chances of recovery (the 5-year survival rate is 90% for the early stages).
Women and men aged 50 to 74 are invited every 2 years to have a rapid and effective test at home as part of the French colorectal cancer screening program. Find out more about screening programs in your country at https://digestivecancers.eu/colorectal-cancer/