Bowel screening is now available to residents throughout the Auckland region with Auckland DHB joining the National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP).
Waitemata and Counties Manukau DHBs already offer bowel screening and, with Auckland joining the national programme, it means all eligible Aucklanders, aged 60 to 74, will have access to screening.
NBSP Clinical Director Dr Susan Parry said achieving coverage across the entire Auckland region is a significant achievement for the national programme.
‘It means this lifesaving programme is now available to our most populated region and will eliminate so-called postcode disparities. Significantly, it will mean an additional 65,000 people in central Auckland have the opportunity to participate in the country’s newest screening programme’.
Bowel Screening is aimed at finding bowel cancer at an early stage when it can often be successfully treated. People who are diagnosed with early-stage bowel cancer, and who receive treatment early, have a 90 percent chance of long-term survival,’ said Dr Parry.
Screening as part of the National Bowel Screening Programme is free for those who are eligible, as are any follow-up tests or treatment.
Dr Parry urges anyone who gets an invitation to participate in bowel screening to do the test. ‘It only takes a minute and could literally save your life,’ she said.
Auckland is the 14th DHB to join the NBSP, which is on track to be rolled out nationwide by November 2021.
Find out more about the National Bowel Screening Programme.