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Colorectal cancer is a disease affecting mostly people ages 50 years or older. It is important to begin colorectal cancer screening starting from this age as colorectal cancer can be cured when detected early. 

When colorectal cancer is detected in an advanced stage the chances for curative treatment decrease dramatically. Therefore many countries have begun offering colorectal cancer screening programs, offering fecal occult blood tests (FOBT) which detects small amounts of blood too small to be seen or outpatient colonoscopy, which is reimbursed by public health insurances, for example in Germany colonoscopy is reimbursed for people 55 years of age or older. 

Both colonoscopy and FOBT are proven effective in reducing the incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer. Despite the availability of these proven screening methods, half of all colorectal cancer cases are still detected at an advanced stage.

Although there are numerous national education and information campaigns, colorectal cancer screening is still not well-accepted: less than half of all eligible individuals participate in colorectal cancer screening, with the result that colorectal cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths with more than 148.000 deaths in Europe and about 50.000 deaths in the US every year.

Many of these colorectal cancer deaths could be avoided because colorectal cancer develops slowly over a period of 10 years. Plenty of time to detect it early, for example, with a simple blood draw.