Hutt Valley residents will benefit from the National Bowel Screening Programme being rolled out from July 2017.
The National Bowel Screening Programme is a free programme for men and women between 60 and 74 years who are eligible for publicly funded health care.
More than 3000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year and more than 1200 die from it. There may be no warning signs that bowel cancer is developing.
The National Bowel Screening Programme aims to save lives by detecting bowel cancer at an early stage when it can often be successfully treated.
The National Bowel Screening Programme website is now live.
In preparation of the rollout, we are spreading the word so that our communities know about the test and feel confident about participating in screening.
Recent examples include radio interviews by Tofa Suafole Gush (Director of Pacific People’s Health). She was interviewed for Samoa Capital Radio recently, with Dr Semisi Aiono (General Surgeon from the Whanganui District Health Board).
They talked about the importance of bowel screening and the roll out of the programme to Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. Repeat broadcasts are scheduled.
Future opportunities to find out more include:
·7 June – Staff and visitors to Hutt Hospital can chat to members of the project team and find out more in the hospital foyer from 10am on 7 June.
·17 June – Riverside Market. This will be weather dependent! If it is fine, look out for members of the Bowel Screening Programme team who will be sharing information about bowel screening during the market.