A bowel screening pilot is now underway in the Waitemata District Health Board area. The pilot runs until December 2017.
The Bowel Screening Pilot has been operating in the Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB) area since late 2011. It ends in December 2017.
Bowel screening is being offered to eligible people aged 50 to 74 living in the WDHB area.
You can find more information about the pilot on the dedicated Bowel Screening website. Other leaflets about bowel cancer and bowel screening can be downloaded from the Bowel screening pilot resources page.
Why New Zealand is doing this pilot
Bowel cancer is one of New Zealand’s most common cancers and the second highest cause of cancer death.
About 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 be more easily treated and often cured.
Information from the Waitemata District Health Board bowel screening pilot is helping inform decisions about a national bowel screening programme.
Data collected during the pilot is providing vital information on participation levels, cancer detection rates and the impact on health services.
It is best practice internationally to pilot a screening programme before offering it more widely, to ensure it is safe for participants, there is capacity to provide timely diagnostic and treatment services and that all processes are working correctly.