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Plans for Colon Cancer Screening

An agreement to allocate ISK 45 million (USD 352,000, EUR 316,000) for the screening of colon cancer in people ages 60-69 was signed Friday, according to a press release from the Ministry of Welfare. Minister for Health Kristján Þór Júlíusson and Kristján Oddsson, director of the Icelandic Cancer Society signed the agreement. The screening is set to begin early next year.

The Ministry of Welfare contributes ISK 25 million (USD 195,000, EUR 175,000) toward the project and the Icelandic Cancer Society contributes ISK 20 million (USD 156,000, EUR 140,000).

Last year, the minister asked the Cancer Society for suggestions regarding how to prepare for and implement regular screening for colon cancer, but cancer of the colon and rectum is the third most common cancer worldwide. It’s also the second most common cause of death among cancer patients in Western countries. The proposals were submitted in August, and the signing of the agreement today marks the beginning of the process of implementation, which will include the purchasing of equipment, database programming, and preparatory medical work.

Between 2006 and 2010, 74 men and 60 women were diagnosed with colon cancer in Iceland annually. The average age of those diagnosed was 70 years.

Kristján called the signing of the agreement a milestone in preventive medicine and public health.

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