National Bowel Screening underway in Canterbury
Over the next two years about 90,000 Canterbury people aged 60 to 74 will be eligible for a free test, as part of the National Bowel Screening Programme. It is anticipated that more than 100 cancers and 1000 pre-cancerous growths will be found in the first year alone.
On or near their birthday, they can expect to receive their testing pack in the mail. People with an even-dated birthday will receive theirs in 2021 and those with an odd-dated birthday will get theirs in 2022. All 74 year olds will receive a kit this year, to ensure no-one misses out in the two-year cycle.
More information on the National Bowel Screening Programme is available at www.timetoscreen.nz/bowel-screening
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