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Claire’s Move your Butt challenge: moving to spread the word about nutrition

“Adding more fibre to everyday eating is something we can all do to reduce our bowel cancer risk.” Nutritionist, media commentator and mother, Claire Turnbull, is taking on the Move your Butt challenge this June to help more Kiwis beat bowel cancer. Claire already goes to the gym and walks regularly, so she’s decided to […]

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Jenny-May’s Move your Butt challenge: Moving her Butt to raise awareness.

“Just face the fear of knowing: the sooner you do, the greater the hope.” Sports commentator, Jenny-May Clarkson, is taking on the Move your Butt challenge this June to help more Kiwis beat bowel cancer. She’s still deciding what her challenge is going to be, but as someone who currently moves at least six days […]

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Introducing our Move your Butt coach: Britt Chambers

Introducing Britt and her top tips! Britt Chambers is a huge supporter of Bowel Cancer New Zealand and a true inspiration to us all. A professional athlete, Britt is currently undergoing treatment for terminal bowel cancer but there is no stopping her. She regularly trains, participates in events and makes the most of every opportunity […]

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Ann’s Move your Butt challenge: walking 30 minutes a day to beat bowel cancer

“Our generation isn’t very good at discussing bowel cancer or even thinking about it.” Ann Bradley is adamant that she’s going to participate in Move your Butt month – partly for her fitness, but primarily to help spread the word about the symptoms and getting checked early enough. “I’m 74 years old and I have […]

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So, you’ve signed up to Move your Butt?

Make sure you include these must-haves on your fundraising page. Your profile picture is loaded to your page. You’ve written ‘your story’ – the reason why you’re Moving your Butt this June. It really does make a difference to how much money you’ll raise. You’ve made a generous donation to yourself. Amazingly this works – […]

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Owen’s Move your Butt challenge – Burpees for Bowel Cancer

Burpees for Bowel Cancer is my Move your Butt challenge and I’m making steady progress. So far I’m managing 16 burpees a day which I do as a part of a work-out. The goal over June is 20 a day, which is going to be much more of a challenge! My teenage son has stage […]

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Frank’s Move your Butt challenge: Moving his Butt to help save lives.

“Only 10% of bowel cancer is inherited, so the way you live does have an impact.” Professor Frank Frizelle is a bowel cancer specialist, Professor of Surgery and the Editor in Chief of the New Zealand medical journey. He is also one of Bowel Cancer New Zealand’s medical advisors, so taking on the Move your […]

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Louisa’s Move your Butt challenge: I always like to have a goal

I’m passionate about doing the Move your Butt challenge this June as my father died of bowel cancer when I was 16 and my father-in-law also died of this disease 2 years ago. Both deaths would have been preventable if they had gone to the doctor sooner. I am acutely aware that bowel cancer is […]

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Mary’s story: from survivor to supporter

“Every gift we get has the potential to save lives. Thank you.” Mary was aged 28 and had just had her first son, when she noticed a lump in her stomach. She had been feeling very fatigued and anaemic, but put that down to post-birth symptoms. Her doctor recommended an ultrasound , which led to […]

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Highlights from 2018

Here are just some of the ways your help has enabled us to make real change happen: Advocate– Throughout the year we called on the Ministry of Health (MoH) to train more specialists to improve access to diagnostic services for bowel cancer screening around the country. As part of CANGO (the alliance of Cancer Non-Governmental […]

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Andrew’s Story

I had always been pretty healthy and when I turned 45, I thought I’d better go and get a warrant of fitness. I had all the normal tests, blood, prostate, weight, height all that. No dramas. I had had one instance of passing a small amount of blood and my GP said, “it’s probably nothing […]

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Rapid access to cancer medicines in New Zealand

CANGO (the alliance of Cancer Non-Governmental Organisations) has adopted a position on improving the access to new cancer medicines and treatments in New Zealand. We call on this Government to urgently consider and implement changes for reasons of equity, evidence and deep concerns about the systemic underfunding of more effective cancer treatments. In our view, […]

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Calls for national cancer agency to put a stop to ‘unacceptable’ ‘post code lottery’

“Unacceptable” disparities between New Zealand’s DHBs for cancer outcomes has experts calling for a new national agency specialised in tackling New Zealand’s number one killer. Oncologist and Cancer Society medical director Chris Jackson told the Weekend Herald thousands of New Zealanders were dying every year from cancer, the numbers were set to keep rising and […]

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Dying father speaks out about failing health system

Father-of-two Blair Vining was told he had to wait eight weeks for an “urgent appointment” with an oncologist after being diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer. Now, the 38-year-old has just months to live. The Southland father says he’s been let down by the public health system that fails to hold District Health Boards to account […]

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Young cyclist dying of cancer regrets not ‘pushing harder’ for diagnosis

For years an elite cyclist’s stomach pain was put down to food intolerances. Now, Brittnea Chambers has been told her cancer is terminal. The 32-year-old competitive cyclist is speaking out ahead of a landmark cancer care conference calling for an overhaul of cancer services in New Zealand. For six years before this she had stomach pain and abdominal upsets misdiagnosed before […]

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Life Saving Bowel Screening

Hira Renata considers himself one of the lucky ones. He received an invitation to participate in the National Bowel Screening Programme this year and it may have saved his life. The invitation letter for Hira arrived in the mail in June this year, and with a family history of cancer, and he knew that he […]

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Kiwi-as Toilets book available now

Just in time for Christmas, you can purchase a copy of ‘Kiwi-as Toilets’ for just $29.99 (+postage). This quirky book is ideal for road-trippers, people looking for a unique coffee-table book (or book to read on the toilet!) or those seeking that uniquely different gift! To order, click on this link and enter the promo code ‘BowelCancer’.  $10 will be donated to […]

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Pasifika community in Hawke’s Bay urged to get bowel checks

Health officials in Hawke’s Bay are trying to curb the high rate of bowel cancer deaths among Pasifika people by encouraging them to take screening tests. With Hawke’s Bay DHB joining the National Bowel Screening Program earlier this month, the Pasifika community will be urged to get bowel checks. A series of information meetings with […]

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Young patients’ long wait for bowel cancer – study

Bowel Cancer New Zealand funded a study for Zoe Windner, a third year medical student from the University of Otago earlier this year to research the pathways to diagnosis for bowel cancer patients. Many of you may have completed the online questionnaire, and we are delighted to announce that this study has now been officially published. Click […]

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Health officials under pressure for earlier bowel cancer screening for Māori

The Ministry of Health is being urged to review a bowel cancer screening decision, to reduce health inequity. Bowel cancer is diagnosed in about 3000 New Zealanders a year, and kills about 1200. It’s the second most common cancer registered for all women (Māori and non-Māori), after breast cancer. For Māori men it’s the third […]

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Hawke’s Bay’s new bowel cancer treatment facility opens

Health Minister Dr David Clark has opened Hawke‘s Bay DHB new state-of-the-art gastroenterology and endoscopy unit. The $13.1 million Ruakopito building will bring gastroenterology services under one roof and help manage the expected increase in colonoscopy screening arising from bowel screening being launched in the region on 9 October. With Hawke’s Bay joining the National Bowel Screening Programme, 7 […]

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Update on the National Bowel Screening Program September 2018

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board will join the National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) in October, bringing to seven the number of DHBs now offering free bowel screening to eligible 60 to 74 year-olds. Health Minister Dr David Clark opened the DHB’s new state-of-the-art gastroenterology and endoscopy unit. The $13.1 million Ruakopito building will bring gastroenterology […]

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Waiting times for bowel cancer tests in Northland excessive

Everyone should be able to expect a timely bowel cancer diagnosis no matter where they live in New Zealand, whether that is Auckland or Northland. It should not be a postcode lottery, where the diagnosis you receive depends on where you live in the country. Click here to read more.

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Patients waiting too long for bowel cancer diagnosis

Bowel Cancer New Zealand has been calling for an increase in colonoscopies and endoscopists for nearly a decade now, spokesperson Sarah Derrett said. What is happening, we’re seeing it play out in these data with large proportions of people waiting much longer than they should be to have colonoscopies. What’s being done to address that […]

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Dying patients with rare chemo reaction paying for own drugs

Patricia Tear, a sole caregiver to children aged 9 and 11, was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year. She had surgery followed by chemo but suffered from cardio-toxicity from the chemo drug, known as 5-FU. Her doctors applied to Pharmac for an alternative, unfunded drug but it was declined. It’s left Ms Tear feeling abandoned […]

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Bowel cancer screen concerns put to rest

A successful launch for Nelson Marlborough District Health Board with more than 150 people taking the chance to walk through our huge inflatable colon and chat to health experts last week. Nelson Marlborough Health organisers revealed some people had been worried the National Bowel Screening Programme would include more invasive methods. But their fears were […]

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Dying bowel cancer patient spreads message

Toni Adie-Kinraid is not about sugar-coating things or wasting time. The Dunedin 37-year-old is dying from bowel cancer, and wants to spend the time she has left alerting people to the signs of the disease – curable if detected early enough, but in her case diagnosed too late. ”I’m just an ordinary woman with kids and […]

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Revealed: Bowel cancer diagnosed years after screening failure

A person was diagnosed with bowel cancer more than 3 years after they should have been invited to take part in a free screening programme. Two other patients also missed were diagnosed with cancer 33 and 25 months after invitations should have been sent. One of the group died. A review carried out for the […]

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Bowel cancer NZ wants more information

Bowel screening information should tell people how to get their actual reading, Bowel Cancer New Zealand says. Results from the programme’s initial test, the faecal immunochemical test (FIT), are routinely reported as positive or negative with participants and their family doctors not advised if traces of blood are found below the 200 ng haemoglobin/ml buffer […]

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Cooper’s Beach man lucky to have tumours spotted by GP

Bob is counting himself one lucky man. The 79-year-old Cooper’s Beach resident was at home last week recovering from a second bout of surgery to remove a tumour that was well on its way to becoming bowel cancer, but he knew it could have been much worse. “Everything was working normally. I was just feeling […]

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Another 30,000 start bowel cancer screening in Nelson Marlborough

Health Minister Dr David Clark is welcoming the introduction of the National Bowel Screening Programme in Nelson Marlborough DHB today. Nelson Marlborough is the sixth DHB to introduce the National Bowel Screening Programme and the second in the South Island. Nationwide more than a quarter of a million eligible people are now being offered free […]

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Govt releases review of Bowel Cancer screening rollout, following missed diagnoses

The Health Minister has delivered an apology and a new set of recommendations to strengthen the rollout of the national bowel cancer screening programme. It comes after a disaster setback that saw thousands of patients in the Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) area not receive invitations for a screening test, and revelations some had developed bowel cancer, […]

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Choose to be EarthSmart!

Cottonsoft Ltd has recently added a few new products to their awesome portfolio.  Last year they launched EarthSmart toilet tissue. EarthSmart is proudly manufactured in NZ from 100% recycled paper. They take unwanted office paper including photocopy and glossy magazine paper that would otherwise go to landfill and recycle it into toilet tissue! When it […]

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Bowel cancer test kit a ‘lifesaver’

Hundreds of people are purchasing bowel screening kits instead of waiting for the countrywide rollout of the National Bowel Screening program. Listen to Radio NZ’s interview with health reporter Karen Brown interviewing two patients who took charge of their own health.

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DIY bowel cancer screen kit puts health in your hands

From August 14, free bowel cancer screening will be offered across Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough for people aged between 60 and 74 years-old. If you live in Blenheim, make sure you come and see our giant inflatable colon, which will be display on the 16th – 18th of August in Liz Davidson Pl from 12pm […]

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Bowel cancer survivor encourages people to get checked

The free National Bowel Screening Programme officially launched for Counties Manukau DHB residents on July 10, nearly seven years after the pilot began at Waitematā DHB. As bowel screening programmes continue rolling out across the country, a cancer survivor is urging people to get on board. It took Auckland woman Rasela Filipo a year before she […]

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New Zealand’s Silent Killer

Channel 39 looks at why New Zealand has one of the highest incidences of bowel cancer in the world and why the southern district has some of the highest rates of in the country. Interviews with specialists informing viewers; what Bowel Cancer is, causes, who’s at risk, signs & symptoms, what the screening process is […]

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International food day fundraiser at Cottonsoft

A big thank you to our sponsor CottonSoft who held an international food day fundraiser in June at their workplace in support of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. They raised just over $350 to help us continue our vital education and awareness work. Thanks CottonSoft! If anyone would like to host a morning/afternoon tea, please get […]

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Southlanders strike the stigma surrounding bowel cancer

Southlanders on Tuesday 26th of June helped to open the conversation surrounding one of the country’s most prevalent diseases. Around 60 people participated in the Bowl for Bowel Cancer fundraising event in Invercargill as part of our Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.  Organiser Andie Gentle  decided to run this event to raise funds for BCNZ, but […]

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Faces of bowel cancer: Survival worst for Māori and Pacific people

Don’t be afraid to talk about poos and bums – it just might save your life, bowel cancer survivors say. For 3000 Kiwis each year the topic is literally about life and death. But the future would have been brighter for many had they shrugged off the embarrassment sooner. Bowel cancer is New Zealand’s second […]

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World-first Kiwi research links toxic gut bug to bowel cancer

Bowel Cancer New Zealand’s medical advisor Frank Frizelle, a surgeon and bowel cancer expert, said research by University of Otago, Christchurch scientists which found a toxic form of a common gut bacteria was linked to bowel cancer was a “game changer”. A common gut bug is likely behind bowel cancer, Christchurch researchers say after a […]

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Never too young to check for signs of bowel cancer

Joseph Clements was only 35 when he recently passed away. Mr Clement’s mother, Charlotte, said her son’s story showed bowel cancer, often perceived as an older person’s disease, could strike at any age. ”Looking back he felt that maybe he had had symptoms a lot longer than he thought he had.” With his lengthy dreadlocks, […]

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Māori, Pasifika more likely to die from bowel cancer – study

The PIPER Project study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, looked at more than 5000 patients, and is the largest and most detailed study of bowel cancer undertaken in New Zealand. Oncologist Christopher Jackson, the clinical lead on the study, said it found Pacific and Māori people with bowel cancer tended to seek medical […]

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Southern DHB opens $3.2m hospital unit in Dunedin

Dunedin Hospital’s new gastroenterology department is expected to help a region with one of the highest bowel cancer mortality rates in New Zealand. The opening of the Southern District Health Board’s $3.2 million unit was welcomed with applause on Friday afternoon and Dunedin City councillor Rachel Elder was amongst the officials and doctors who attended […]

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Bowel Screening Programme has started in the South

The national bowel cancer screening programme has begun in the Southern District Health Board region. The first letters inviting people to take part were sent out yesterday. Five years in the planning, the screening programme will result in about 51,000 eligible 60-to-74-year-olds being invited to participate over the next two years. Click here to read […]

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Revealed: Hundreds more missed from bowel cancer screening

Hundreds of New Zealanders missed out on potentially life-saving bowel cancer screening because of another problem with sending invitations. Documents obtained by the Herald reveal the oversight meant another 333 New Zealanders weren’t invited for free screening. Bowel Cancer NZ spokeswoman Mary Bradley said questions needed to be asked about why the ministry hadn’t been […]

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Memory of friend drives bowel cancer fundraiser

It is usually cyclists you see on the Otago Central Rail Trail, but why not walk it all instead? Friends Fiona Laing and Natalie Savigny, of Dunedin, are  taking on the challenge of walking the entire 152km to raise money and awareness for Bowel Cancer New Zealand. In 2015, Fiona and Natalie lost their friend Lisa, aged […]

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Why bowel cancer is a national emergency

Four times as many people are dying of bowel cancer in New Zealand as on the roads.   Bowel cancer is our second-biggest cancer killer, yet doctors say it is beatable if caught early. In 2015, 3081 people were diagnosed with bowel cancer and 1267 died of it. We have one of the highest rates of […]

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Lives being saved already by bowel screening

About eight lives have already been saved in Hutt Valley and Wairarapa by bowel screening, according to experts. Bowel screening has been available to people in Waitematā since 2011 under a pilot screening programme. But in a long-awaited move, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa became the first two areas to offer screening permanently under a national […]

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FIT Kit Colonoscopy Plea

We are concerned that New Zealander’s are being denied public colonoscopies, despite it taking more blood in the sample to trigger a positive result using the Bowel Screen Aotearoa pharmacy kits than that required to prompt referral for a colonoscopy in the national screening programme. We believe people who return positive tests after using pharmacy […]

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Simple Test Saved My Life

One Dunedin man is incredibly grateful, after taking a simple test saved his life. And he wants to encourage others to do the same. Sixty-five-year-old Michael Horgan, of Brighton, had absolutely no symptoms of bowel cancer, but decided to take a test for the disease out of curiosity and bought the $60 test kit from […]

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Bowel Screening Delay Won’t Affect South

With the Southern District Healthboard already working on their processes in the last five years, they are now a little bit further ahead in terms of being able to provide a screening programme. Dunedin Hospital department of gastroenterology clinical leader Jason Hill said the delay would not affect the rollout in the southern region, with […]

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New Blood Test to Screen for the Eight Common Cancers

Could a simple blood test help us detect bowel cancer? Trialled on more that 1000 people already diagnosed with cancer that had not spread, the test “successfully detected 33 per cent of breast cancers, ­60 per cent of lung and bowel cancers, about 70 per cent of oesophageal, pancreatic and stomach cancers, and more than […]

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Bowel Cancer Research Group

Bowel cancer survivorship is not just a physical, but also a mental process. Not only is surviving important, but so is surviving well. It is possible that psychological interventions could improve the quality of life of people who have had bowel cancer. A research team including the Medical Advisor of Bowel Cancer New Zealand Professor […]

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Who’s at risk of Bowel Cancer?

Bowel cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer and cancer death in the world. It is also one of the most preventable types of cancer, as it often takes about ten years for a small polyp to grow and develop into a cancerous one. So who’s at risk? And how can people be screened? […]

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Could Broccoli Yogurt Prevent Bowel Cancer?

A new study suggests probiotics and cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, could be a powerful recipe in the fight against bowel cancer. Researchers in Singapore have engineered a probiotic bacteria and combined it with broccoli to create an anti-cancer formula. The study, published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, showed it killed 75 percent of tumours in mice […]

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GP Pushes for Cancer Ops

When Kevin and Kay Small experienced identical symptoms at the same time, they both thought that they had eaten too many oysters on holiday. It was because of their GP who pushed for them to receive colonoscopies, after their symptoms, including extremely low iron levels, did not fit official criteria for an urgent or semi-urgent […]

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Bowel Symptoms Often Ignored

Powerful stories are emerging in our study of bowel cancer sufferers that will highlight symptoms people often ignore. University of Otago medical student Zoe Windner who is working on this project for us as part of a summer student grant study, says people in their 20s and 30s were among about 100 bowel cancer cases. […]

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Me, My Beard And Why – Quinn’s Story

Back in 2016 Quinn’s wife Renee was diagnosed with bowel cancer. This has been a tough 18 months after Renee has endured chemotherapy,  two operations – the most recent one back in August of this year. Quinn has supported Renee through-out her treatment, with it’s up and downs, hospital visits, helping taking care of their […]

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Running for Rosco – NYC Marathon

On the 5th of November 2017, Mat McKay ran the New York Marathon in an amazing time of 2 hours and 54 mins, his fastest time out of the 10 marathon’s he’s run! Mat’s father in law Ross Newland, had passed away from bowel cancer February this year 5 months after celebrating his 70th birthday. […]

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Me, My Beard And Why – Owen’s Story

In September 2017, my son Liam was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer at aged only 18. Since then he as had keyhole surgery to remove the primary tumour but he now faces 6 months of chemotherapy to control the lesions within the liver before more surgery  followed by more chemotherapy. As a father, I have been supporting […]

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Me, My Beard And Why – Craig’s Story

Craig has shared his story with us after his beloved sister Megs passed away from Bowel Cancer just 6 weeks after having her 3rd beautiful daughter.  Craig and his family  would like to raise awareness of bowel cancer as they do not wish any other families to go through this tragedy. “Megs was a fit, fun, loving, […]

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Alcohol causes seven cancers, top doctors warn

The more alcohol you drink, the more likely you are to develop at least seven types of cancer, oncologists warn. Drinking – even small or moderate amounts – was especially closely associated with increased risks for esophogeal, mouth, liver, colorectal and breast cancers, and is responsible for more than five per cent of cancers and […]

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Scientists ‘completely CURE’ bowel cancer in mice using a form of pioneering immunotherapy

Scientists say they have ‘completely’ cured bowel cancer using a pioneering form of immunotherapy. They report they have achieved a ‘100 percent cure rate’ in mice without any treatment-related toxic effects. Immunotherapy has been hailed as a potential ‘game-changer’ in cancer treatment that could replace chemotherapy within a few years’ time, ‘waking up’ a patient’s […]

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ASB Auckland Marathon 2017 a fundraising success

WOW an amazing effort by all of our team runners at this year’s ASB Auckland Marathon .  The weather certainly played it’s part and the runners and supporters had a brilliant day. A big thank you to  our marathon co-ordinator Julie Collow  who did an amazing job for us – which I’m sure everyone will agree!  With everyone’s amazing efforts we […]

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South Canterbury bowel cancer screening could save Māori lives

A national programme to detect and treat bowel cancer early could help save the lives of Māori who are often reluctant to engage with health services, a South Canterbury District Health board advisory committee has heard. Chief primary care medical officer Dr Bruce Small said Māori generally sought treatment for bowel cancer later on, “so […]

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Amie Richardson: Why I’ll keep on running

With the Auckland Marathon now only 19 days away, we have an amazing team of runners and supporters and among them is a team “Running for Ruth”. They are group of walkers, joggers, runners, supporters,and most importantly an extended group of friends and family committed to making a difference in memory of their much loved […]

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October is Cheese Month

October is a nationwide celebration of cheesemaking. And I’m sure you are all wondering why we are talking about cheese! Well our wonderful supporters at Cranky Goat Ltd from the beautiful Marlbourough Sounds will be kindly donating 10% of their Pelorus Pearl cheese sold during October to Bowel Cancer NZ. Throughout Cheese month Cranky Goat will […]

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The guide to ‘the perfect poo’

We tend to not give it much thought, but our bowel movements can reveal a lot about our health. Abnormal number twos can be an early indicator of serious health issues such as bowel cancer or Crohn’s disease, so if you are in doubt and you are experiencing abnormal bowel motions, please do see your […]

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The ASB Auckland Marathon Runner’s Story

Jenna’s sister Sarah  was only 32 years old when she died from Bowel Cancer. So Jenna is dusting off her running shoes for Sarah to tell her story and raise awareness for bowel cancer by running in the ASB Auckland Marathon on the 29th of October 2017. You can read Jenna’s story here

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Immunotherapy drugs the future of cancer treatment

Immunotherapy drugs like Keytruda could well be the future of cancer treatment. Father-of-four Jack Davis is one of of the patient’s taking Keytruda. He has beaten cancer twice before but this time it wasn’t looking good. Doctors told the 49-year-old Christchurch man he had terminal bowel cancer and had two to six months to live […]

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Cottonsoft’s annual bake-off fundraising for Bowel Cancer New Zealand

What a great workplace initiative from Cottonsoft with their 2nd annual bake-off competition. The team at Cottonsoft can enter the competition to bake something to claim the prize money ( and of course bragging rights!), then all the yummy baking is purchased by the team to fundraise for Bowel Cancer. This year the team at […]

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What I learnt when I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 25

It might be perceived as an older person’s illness, but Adele Kinghan was fit, healthy, and had just turned 25 when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Adele who is now 37, teaches yoga to people from all walks of life, and has learnt some of the valuable life lessons along the way. Click here […]

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Concern results release may overload system

Demand for colonoscopies could put the national bowel screening programme at risk if participants were given full test results, the National Screening Advisory Committee says. Documents released under the Official Information Act show the committee has backed off ethical concerns it raised in 2015. Then, it expressed ”substantial” concerns about plans to report only initial […]

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CANGO ask parties to commit to Cancer issues

In the lead up to this year’s election, a conglomerate of cancer non-governmental organisations are asking all political parties to commit to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, research and survivorship as key components of health policies. CANGO (Cancer Non-Governmental Organisations) was formed in 2007 and is an alliance of prominent New Zealand cancer charities including: Breast […]

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Generous donation from the Papakura Sea Eagles Rugby League Club

A big shout out to the Papakura Sea Eagles Rugby League Club for their generous donation of $3,000 to Bowel Cancer New Zealand! Sarah Lambourne, our Ambassador went along on Saturday to watch the inaugural Bowel Cancer NZ charity match which was Round 17 of the Auckland Rugby League (ARL) SAS Fox Memorial Rugby League […]

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Sunday TVNZ – Silent Killer

It’s our most commonly diagnosed cancer but also one we just don’t want to talk about. Bowel cancer kills 1200 kiwis a year. For men its as common as prostate cancer, for women, as common as breast cancer. A national screening programme is about to launch – but there’s a catch. It’s only available to […]

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Bringing bowel cancer prevention to the masses

After five years of trialling and planning, New Zealand starts to see bowel screening introduced to the wider population this month. General practice is crucial to the success of the programme. Virginia McMillan finds out what it means for practices and their older patients Far from being struck down with anxiety about the “C” word, […]

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Up to 700 cases expected to be detected in bowel cancer screening roll out

National bowel-screening programme will begin its roll out in the Wairarapa and Hutt Valley. Eligible residents will be sent letters this week to notify them to take part. It’s expected that up to 700 cases of bowel cancer will be detected annually with the screening implementation. Once it is fully rolled out in 2020, more […]

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‘You hear too many stories of people not being referred’

A study by Otago University and Christchurch Hospital researchers, published in the British Journal of Surgery this month, found bowel cancer increased for men under 50 by 18 percent each decade between 1995 and 2012, and by 13 percent for women of the same age. Chelsea Halliwell could have been among them today if she […]

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Christchurch hospitals offering free clinics to help diagnose bowel cancer

Canterbury Charity Hospital and St George’s Hospital are offering a free clinic to help diagnose bowel cancer. New research shows that bowel cancer is increasing at an alarming rate in those aged under 50. Both hospitals started providing free theatre time this week for specialists to carry out flexible sigmoidoscopy tests on up to eight patients […]

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Life lives here: Fighting bowel cancer – June Awareness Month

Bowel Cancer NZ are delighted that Trade Me are on board to help us raise awareness during the month of June for our annual Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Take a look at their video promoting our campaign “One thing you can live without” and get on board and start listing!. Click here to view the video […]

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National Volunteer Week 18-24th June 2017

This week is National Volunteer Week and the theme for this year is “Live, laugh, share — Volunteer” or “Kia ringa hora: Me mahi tūao.” The positive message for the week celebrates the joy that volunteers bring to their communities. It also reminds us that volunteers reap the reward of a happier, more engaged life […]

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Peter’s story

My name is Peter Death – I was born and bred in Taranaki. I am now 62 and 2 years ago faced redundancy after 22 years in my role. That same year my mother (who was 94) died. I have recently been diagnosed with a Mitochondrial Myopathy (CPEO) and the only symptom before my bowel […]

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Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon 2017 – over $60,000 fundraised!

We are super stoked that we have totally SMASHED our goal of fundraising $50,000 at the recent Saint Clair Vineyard Half. With 150 charity runners we have raised a massive $60,500!!! These funds will help us fund our national awareness month coming up in June. A special mention to Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon for […]

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Late diagnosis means more young Kiwis getting bowel cancer

Auckland woman Kim Girbin reported stomach pains to her GP for three years before a shock diagnosis of terminal bowel cancer in June. The 39-year-old mother and grandmother has been given 18 months to live and has begun making funeral arrangements. The tumour in Girbin’s bowel is so large it is inoperable and has spread to lymph nodes throughout her body.   “Everyday I […]

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Sarah Derrett Podcasts

Bowel Cancer NZ executive member Sarah Derrett talks with Kirsty Wing and Natalie Reynolds about their experiences with bowel cancer, and the signs and symptoms to look out for to help save lives unnecessarily lost to this highly treatable and beatable disease. Click here to listen to the podcast Sarah Derrett of Bowel Cancer NZ […]

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Scott’s Story

My name is Scott McDougall. I am 58 years old. I have been married to Mary-Helen for 37 years and we have two children.  We have three young Grandchildren who live nearby so we get to see them frequently. I have been a Detective with the New Zealand Police for nearly 26 years. Sadly I […]

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2016 Budget Announcement – ‘A step in the right direction’

Bowel Cancer New Zealand welcomes the budget announcement of a plan to fully implement a national bowel cancer screening programme. “Today’s announcement will begin to turn around our world-worst bowel cancer death rates”, says Sarah Derrett, Bowel Cancer New Zealand spokesperson. “While this is great news it is disappointing to hear that full implementation may […]

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CottonSofts ‘Show you Care’ Campaign

CottonSofts are continuing their support for Bowel Cancer New Zealand, with a limited edition pack to help raise funds to reduce the impact of New Zealand’s most common cancer. From early May consumers can help to raise $20,000 for BCNZ by buying one of the 100,000 specially marked packs that will automatically donate $0.20 cents. […]

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Determined Mum’s rollercoaster cancer journey

At 33 weeks pregnant with her second child, the last thing a young Feilding mother expected was to be diagnosed with bowel cancer. Laura Roberts was just 28 when she was told the news in June 2014. Since then, she has had two major surgeries, 13 rounds of chemotherapy, 23 lymph nodes removed and five […]

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NZ falling behind on cancer survival

A new study confirms a lower survival rate for cancer in New Zealand compared to Australia. Research by the University of Auckland, published this week in PLOS One, showed the chance of surviving cancer in Australia had improved by 6 percent for men and 3 percent for women. In New Zealand, the improvement was less […]

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Bowel cancer screening needs "a lot of work"

The Cancer Society says research published today backs up what doctors already know about bowel cancer. They say the research is another reason why the Government should implement the proposed national bowel cancer screening programme. Auckland University’s research, published in today’s PLos One medical journal, shows New Zealand has a lower survival rate from cancer […]

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Why are so many southern New Zealanders dying of bowel cancer?

Katherine Lawrenson’s third son Ryan was seven weeks old when she found out. That was last February, back when she had hair. The 35-year-old is way outside the screening age band, had no family history and a healthy, active lifestyle. She does have one important risk factor, though – she lives in Cromwell. Whereas for […]

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Sigmoidoscopy is nothing but a distraction

Bowel Cancer New Zealand believes screening using sigmoidoscopy is a distraction from the pressing need for a national screening program. Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BCNZ) spokesperson Mary Bradley says “New Zealand is far behind other OECD countries in implementing a bowel screening programme, the last thing we need to do is further delay things by […]

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Upper Hutt cyclist takes on Karapoti Classic after cancer treatment

A woman who biked through right through chemotherapy will take on one of off-road cycling’s ultimate challenges – the Karapoti Classic. Silverstream occupational therapist Kathy Sullivan will ride the 50-kilometre Classic on March 5. She is one of two proteges mountain-biking physician Kim Hurst has taken on to help promote the sport to locals, after […]

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