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More DHBs to screen for bowel cancer

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/11/2016 Sean Martin

Two more district health boards are lined up for the national bowel cancer screening programme rollout.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says Southern and Counties Manukau will start their programmes next year, following Hutt Valley and Wairarapa.

Waitemata DHB has been running a pilot programme since May this year.

Dr Coleman says Southern DHB has one of the highest incidences of bowel cancer in the country, and Counties Manukau has a large high-needs population.

This year's budget allocated $39.3 million for the national programme.

"Around 3000 Kiwis are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year," Dr Coleman said.

"Screening saves lives by detecting cancers at an early stage."

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