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Bowel (colorectal) Screening

Bowel (colorectal) Screening

New Zealand has one of the highest bowel cancer age-standardised incidence rates in the world; it is currently the second most diagnosed cancer in men and women (3158 in 2015) and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country (1243 in 2015).

New Zealand has one of the highest bowel cancer age-standardised incidence rates in the world; it is currently the second most diagnosed cancer in men and women (3158 in 2015) and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country (1243 in 2015).

The Cancer Society welcomes the introduction of the National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) and views this as a major milestone in cancer control in New Zealand. Population-based bowel screening will save lives and is cost-effective. This position statement provides bowel screening recommendations for the general public and decision-makers. 

To learn more download our full position statement: