Bowel Screening Programme | Northland DHB

Bowel Screening Programme

Over the next year, bowel screening will potentially detect around 44 cancers in Northland. People have a 90% chance of long term survival if diagnosed, and treated, early.

What is the National Bowel Screening Programme

The National Bowel Screening Programme is free for people aged 60 to 74 years. It aims to save lives by finding bowel cancer at an early stage when it can often be successfully treated. We estimate that in the first year of screening in Northland, with an eligible population of about 36,000 people:

  • 18,000 will be invited to participate
  • 540 will proceed to have a colonoscopy
  • 41 will be found to have bowel cancer.

The earlier bowel cancer is diagnosed, the higher the chance of survival. People who are diagnosed with bowel cancer, and receive treatment when it is at an early stage, have a 90 percent chance of long term survival.

National Bowel Screening Programme

Click here for a quick guide on how the bowel screening programme works.

More Information

Further information on the programme is available on the Time to Screen website or by phoning the National Bowel Screening Programme on 0800 924 432

For information on bowel screening in te reo Māori, Cook Island Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Niuean, Hindi, Chinese and Korean - read more here.

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