Midland Regional bowel screening centre

Bowel cancer is one of New Zealand’s most common cancers and the second highest cause of cancer death.

More than 3000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year and more than 1200 die from it.

Bowel screening can detect cancer at an early stage when it can often be successfully treated.

The National Bowel Screening Programme is being rolled out progressively throughout New Zealand with the Midland DHBs having indicative go live dates beginning 2018/19.

Once the programme is fully rolled out, bowel screening will be offered every two years to men and women aged 60 to 74 who are eligible for publicly funded health care.

When it is your turn to be screened you will be sent an invitation letter, a consent form and a free bowel screening test kit. You'll receive your first invitation within two years of the programme starting in your area.

Further information can found on the Ministry of Health’s National Screening Unit website:  https://www.nsu.govt.nz/national-bowel-screening-programme/about-national-bowel-screening-programme