Colorectal cancer screening

Dr. med. Thomas Brunk Gastroenterology Berlin

Why is bowel cancer screening important?

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in Germany. Bowel cancer often develops from polyps that can grow in the bowel. These polyps are usually benign, but can degenerate over time. Regular screening examinations can detect and remove these polyps at an early stage, which can prevent the development of bowel cancer. Precaution saves lives.

Who should take part in colorectal cancer screening?

Men and women over the age of 50 are entitled to pension provision. People with a family history of bowel cancer may be entitled to an earlier screening.

What preventive medical check-ups are available?

Stool test: From the age of 50, you can have an annual test for non-visible blood in the stool. From the age of 55, this test is recommended every two years.
Colonoscopy (colonoscopy): A colonoscopy is recommended from the age of 50 for men and from 55 for women. This examination is repeated every ten years.