Bowel screening is now available to approximately 835,000 eligible New Zealanders aged 60 to 74. Screening is free, and offered every two years.
Bowel screening is now available to approximately 835,000 eligible New Zealanders aged 60 to 74. Screening is free, and offered every two years. With more than 1200 deaths a year, New Zealand has one of the highest rates of colorectal cancer in the world. Bowel screening is a proven intervention that detects cancer early.
People who are diagnosed with early-stage bowel cancer, and who receive treatment early, have a 90 percent chance of long-term survival. Since the roll out began in July 2017, the National Bowel Screening Programme has sent out more than a million home test kits and detected cancers in around 1400 New Zealanders.
Te reo Māori National Bowel Screening Message
Bowel screening is free, easy and you can do it at home:
• You’ll get a test kit in the mail every two years
• The test can detect bowel cancer early before you have any symptoms
• So when you get the bowel screening kit, just do it – it could save your life
Follow this link Bowel screening | Time to Screen - National Screening Unit to find out more about bowel screening.