Bowel cancer is the second highest cause of cancer death in New Zealand.

It kills as many New Zealanders as breast and prostate cancer combined, and it can affect anyone at any age. But it is treatable – and beatable – if it’s detected early enough.

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Bowel cancer can affect anyone at any age.

Bowel cancer is the second highest cause of cancer death in New Zealand and it can affect anyone at any age. The symptoms can come and go, so if you’re concerned, see your doctor.

“My Dad was 66 years young when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer. He still has so much to live for. If you have symptoms, don’t wait. Get checked straight away.”


Rachel and her father, Patrick.


We’re helping the 1 in 6 New Zealanders affected by bowel cancer. Here’s how we’re tracking:


New Zealand’s first bowel cancer screening programme piloted. We’ve been the strongest voice calling for a nationwide programme – now being rolled out.


Increase in referrals for colonoscopies, resulting in more bowel cancer being found early – when it’s more treatable.


Increase in home screening test kits this year, due in large part to our advocacy work.


Donated towards vital bowel cancer research in New Zealand: research that could help save hundreds of lives.


Patients supported via our online patient support group in the past four years – with an increase of 46% this year alone.


New Zealanders reached through our awareness and prevention campaigns in 2018 alone – helping to ensure Kiwis don’t sit on their symptoms.

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No one likes to talk about bowel cancer, but the bottom line is, the more you know, the better the chances of beating it. So check out our helpful blogs and tips on preventing this silent killer – and read the stories of Kiwis affected by bowel cancer.

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
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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
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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.
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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
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