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#Time4Change: The Netherlands

Published on 20 March 2018 back to previous

The Netherlands has one of the highest rates of colorectal cancer in Europe, with an incidence of just over 40 out of every 100,000 people.1 

However, there is a national screening programme in place (introduced in 2014), and the response rate is very high. In 2014, 741,914 people were invited for fecal immunochemical tests (FIT); of these, 529,056 (71.3%) participated. In total, the first year of the Dutch screening program resulted in the detection of 2,483 cancers and 12,030 advanced adenomas.2

Empowering patients with knowledge

Darmkanker Nederland, a cancer patient organisation in The Netherlands, aims to give patients with colorectal cancer accurate information, care and support. They do this in collaboration with medical professionals, to ensure patients are getting accurate medical information and the very latest news from the oncology community.

During ECCAM18, they will hold a conference for 100/120 people on March 10, where they will present the latest developments in the treatment of colon cancer with medicines, latest insights from the scientific and medical community, and a session on mindfulness. It will also provide an opportunity for patients to meet in small groups.

Darmkanker Nederland is committed to both preserving and further developing its expertise and knowledge to provide insight into the medical and care needs of patients.

References

  1. https://www.wcrf.org/int/cancer-facts-figures/data-specific-cancers/colorectal-cancer-statistics
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016508516353914
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