A screening program is a health intervention that aims to highlight the presence of a potential disease in its early stages.
In the Province of Reggio Emilia there are three screening programs for the prevention and early diagnosis of the following types of cancer:
- Cervical cancer: for all women aged 25 to 64;
- Breast cancer: for all women aged 45 to 74;
- Colorectal cancer: For the whole population (men and women) aged 50 to 69.
This is a prevention program against intestinal cancers (colorectal). To take part, please reply to the invitation that will be sent to your home address in order to take the test, which looks for hidden blood in the stool. The translation of the invitation letter can be found below.
What is the test which looks for hidden blood in the stool?
This is a test that enables us to determine whether the stools contain blood, even though it may not be visible to the naked eye.
How is the test which looks for hidden blood in the stool performed?
It is a very simple test to be performed at home, through a single stool sample. No special diet is required. The screening test is free. You do not need a referral from your GP. Just bring the invitation letter.
Where do you go to collect the container for performing the test?
You can collect the container from the location indicated in the invitation letter.
You can always change the location and date of the appointment by phoning the Screening Centre from 8.00 to 13.30. Tel: 0522.335327.
When you go to collect the container you will be given instructions on how to perform the test. You can find the translated instructions below.
What happens after performing the stool test?
If the test is negative (you do NOT have occult blood in your stool) a letter will be sent to your home address.
If the test is positive (you have occult blood in your stool) you will receive a phone call to arrange a more detailed intestinal test (colonoscopy).
How is the colonoscopy performed?
A colonoscopy is a test that enables the inner surface of the colon (large intestine) to be inspected by introducing a small flexible tube through the anus. For the test to be successful, the correct preparation is essential. Follow the instructions provided, which you can find translated below.
Multilingual translated information
- Invitation letter for colorectal screening (English, French, Chinese, Arab, Russian, Punjab, Urdu, Albanian, Romanian)
- How to prepare for occult blood in fecis exam (English; French; Chinese; Arab; Russian; Hindi; Urdu; Albanian; Romanian)