No colorectal cancer screening program in Romania! Thus, start with opportunistic screening

Rev Med Chir Soc Med Nat Iasi. Jul-Sep 2014;118(3):598-600.


Colorectal cancer is a major health problem in the world. It can be detected in asymptomatic early stages so screening programs have been implemented in many countries for many years. Unfortunately, in Romania, the screening program for the detection of colonic pathologies is still not working. This paper suggests that an opportunistic colorectal cancer screening may be a solution in our country. This means that when a physician is contacted by a subject older than 50 years, a colorectal screening procedure--fecal occult blood testing or colonoscopy should be suggested to him/her. Thus, by collaborating between physicians from many specialties (gastroenterologists, general practitioners, internal medicine specialists, and surgeons) we hope to decrease the rate of advanced colorectal cancers found in daily practice.

MeSH terms

  • Colonoscopy / trends
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Early Detection of Cancer / trends
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / trends
  • Occult Blood
  • Risk Factors
  • Romania