Bowel Cancer Screening

By Executive Officer | Posted: Tuesday May 1, 2018

The National Bowel Screening Programme has now been launched at the Southern DHB.

Ministry of Health National Bowel Screening Clinical Lead Dr Susan Parry, Southern DHB CEO, Chris Fleming, Southern DHB Bowel Screening Clinical Lead Dr Jason Hill and Commissioner Kathy Grant spoke at the launch events, which also included the opportunity to take a journey through an inflatable bowel.

Over the next two years over 51,000 people aged 60 – 74 years of age will be invited to participate in the programme.

Southern DHB, which has some of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the country, is the first DHB in the South Island to roll out the programme. Over the next two years it is expected that over 100 cases of bowel cancer will be identified.

People aged 60 – 74 years of age are being encouraged to ensure that their details are up to date with their GP, to ensure they are easily contactable through the mail. The programme is for people with no symptoms of bowel cancer. Anyone who has any concerns about their bowel health is advised to contact their GP.