The Svit Programme is a preventive health programme intended for prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer. It is aimed at men and women aged 50 to 74 years, who receive invitations for cooperation every two years.
Colorectal cancer presents a great health programme in Slovenia since it is the second most frequent cancer and the number of patients even increases every year. Because of late detection of colorectal cancer, the mortality is still very high while the treatment is very difficult and less successful.
Many colorectal cancers can be prevented with Svit Programme because it helps to discover and remove polyps, which are initial stages of cancer. We will detect many of these cancers so early that the treatment will be less stressful and more successful.
The programme is implemented under the patronage of Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia. It is operated by the National Institute of Public Health.
The participation in Svit Programme is free of charge for people in target population, because the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia covers the costs.
The target population accounts for more than half a million persons who are invited to participate in the programme every two years according to a pre-set plan. The legal basis enables the programme operator to process personal data, to acquire data on invited persons from the Central Population Register and to obtain data on the arrangement of mandatory health insurance and data on selected general physicians from Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia (ZZZS).