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People aged 60-74 years living in Kapiti, Porirua, and Wellington and who are enrolled with a GP can expect an invitation to participate in the free National Bowel Screening programme over the next two years.

You are more likely to survive bowel cancer if it is found early.

You may be at increased risk if:

  • You have a strong family history of bowel cancer (such as a close family member diagnosed before 55 years of age, or if two or more close family member of the same side of the family have had bowel cancer)
  • You have known or suspected genetic bowel cancer syndrome
  • You have had extensive inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis for more than 10 years

Download and read this document of Frequently Asked Questions about bowel screening

You can find out more about the National Bowel Screening Programme here: https://www.timetoscreen.nz/bowel-screening/

Last updated 16 April 2021.