BowelScreen Aotearoa is a collaboration between Bowel Cancer New Zealand, Bowel Cancer Australia and Green Cross Health to provide greater access to bowel cancer screening throughout New Zealand.
The screening kit can detect non-visible blood in your bowel motion caused from pre-cancerous polyps or from early stage bowel cancer.
A faecal immunochemical test (FIT) kit is an option for New Zealanders who:
- Do not have symptoms of bowel cancer. Anyone with symptoms should see their doctor.
- Are aged 50 years plus with an average risk of bowel cancer*
- Are between the ages of 60 to 74 years but cannot access the National Bowel Screening Programme due to their location.
- Have private insurance or can afford to go privately should the test come back positive.
Medical guidelines recommend the test is undertaken every 2 years from age 50 years if there is an average risk of bowel cancer. Bowel Cancer New Zealand recommends participating in screening appropriate to your personal level of risk.*
* People with (i) no first- or second-degree relative with bowel cancer; or (ii) one first-degree relative with bowel cancer diagnosed at 55 years or older; or (iii) one first-degree and one second-degree relative diagnosed with bowel cancer at 55 years or older.