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 bowel screening.
“The Nelson Marlborough region has the fourth highest rate of bowel cancer nationwide and having good local participation in the programme is our best opportunity for reducing the harm from this disease.
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