New Zealand has one of the highest bowel cancer rates in the world. Bowel screening can save lives by detecting bowel cancers at an early stage, when there may be no warning signs or symptoms that cancer is developing, and when they can be treated more successfully.

Men and women aged 50 to 74 who live in the Waitemata District Health Board area are being invited to take part in a FREE Bowel Screening programme to check for early signs of bowel cancer. Waitemata District Health Board is running the Ministry of Health’s free Bowel Screening pilot which runs until the end of 2017.

The Bowel Screening programme has a DVD, “How to do the test”. Waitemata DHB’s Dr Ily Delasau shows exactly how the simple test is done. The 4-minute video can be seen on the website or on YouTube at If you would like a DVD for patient viewing, please contact us on telephone 09 415 1091 or at

More details on the programme are available from your doctor or Practice Nurse, or at Bowel Screening programme.