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.

“I’ve had a lot of support along the way on my bowel cancer journey, particularly from Bowel Cancer NZ. They provided me with one-to-one support and explained all that they do to help people get through this horrible diagnosis. At times, you can feel very alone and very isolated, but Bowel Cancer NZ really reaches out to help you.” –  Katherine Andrews, Central Otago

 

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Former Black Caps fast bowler and cricket commentator Simon Doull and his wife Liana are taking on the MOVE YOUR BUTT challenge. Simon’s parents both died of bowel cancer and Liana was just 36 years old when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014.

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

2016

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

28%

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

357%

Increase in home screening test kits, due to our advocacy work.

$100,000+

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

820+

Patients supported via our online patient support group in the past five years.

1,300,000+

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

Read. Learn. Share.

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.

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