SALUBRA's most modern screening centre for early diagnosis of colon cancer has been open since 1 January 2014 at the Lípa Centre in Nové Butovice.

Colon cancer is a malignant tumour of the large intestine and anus. It is possible to remove this tumour in its beginning stages for a relatively long time, and cure the patient. Alas, it is a type of tumour that grows without detection, and for a long time does not trouble the patient. This is why most patients arrive too late.

Czechs are number one in a sad area: we have the highest incidence of cancer of the large intestine and anus in Europe.

In the Czech Republic, colon cancer is the second most frequent malignant tumour, and its incidence is still increasing. In the Czech Republic, approximately 8 thousand patients fall ill each year, and about 4 thousand of them die from this disease annually. The cause of this high death rate is the fact that 55 % of these tumours are not discovered until they are in an advanced state, when treatment is difficult.

Colon cancer discovered in time through screening - in its "symptom-free" stage - can be completely cured in 95 % of cases.

Screening means the universal examination of the population in order to detect treatable tumours in their early states, when patients do not yet have problems and symptoms.

The colon cancer screening programme is organized and guaranteed by the Ministry of Health of the CR, is free, and its goal is to discover tumours in their early states, when patients do not yet have problems and symptoms. It is intended for all residents of the CR over the age of 50, and you can encounter two types of examinations: A faecal occult blood test - FOBT and Primary screening colonoscopy.

A colonoscopic exam can thus save your life, and prevent you from having to undergo a much more extensive surgical procedure later.

Ten years of worry-free sleep.

If the result of the colonoscopy is entirely negative, meaning that not even one polyp is found in the intestine, there is an over 90 % likelihood that the patient will not have colon cancer in the next ten years.