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Concern results release may overload system

Demand for colonoscopies could put the national bowel screening programme at risk if participants were given full test results, the National Screening Advisory Committee says. Documents released under the Official Information Act show the committee has backed off ethical concerns it raised in 2015. Then, it expressed ”substantial” concerns about plans to report only initial […]

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CANGO ask parties to commit to Cancer issues

In the lead up to this year’s election, a conglomerate of cancer non-governmental organisations are asking all political parties to commit to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, research and survivorship as key components of health policies. CANGO (Cancer Non-Governmental Organisations) was formed in 2007 and is an alliance of prominent New Zealand cancer charities including: Breast […]

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Generous donation from the Papakura Sea Eagles Rugby League Club

A big shout out to the Papakura Sea Eagles Rugby League Club for their generous donation of $3,000 to Bowel Cancer New Zealand! Sarah Lambourne, our Ambassador went along on Saturday to watch the inaugural Bowel Cancer NZ charity match which was Round 17 of the Auckland Rugby League (ARL) SAS Fox Memorial Rugby League […]

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Sunday TVNZ – Silent Killer

It’s our most commonly diagnosed cancer but also one we just don’t want to talk about. Bowel cancer kills 1200 kiwis a year. For men its as common as prostate cancer, for women, as common as breast cancer. A national screening programme is about to launch – but there’s a catch. It’s only available to […]

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Bringing bowel cancer prevention to the masses

After five years of trialling and planning, New Zealand starts to see bowel screening introduced to the wider population this month. General practice is crucial to the success of the programme. Virginia McMillan finds out what it means for practices and their older patients Far from being struck down with anxiety about the “C” word, […]

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Up to 700 cases expected to be detected in bowel cancer screening roll out

National bowel-screening programme will begin its roll out in the Wairarapa and Hutt Valley. Eligible residents will be sent letters this week to notify them to take part. It’s expected that up to 700 cases of bowel cancer will be detected annually with the screening implementation. Once it is fully rolled out in 2020, more […]

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‘You hear too many stories of people not being referred’

A study by Otago University and Christchurch Hospital researchers, published in the British Journal of Surgery this month, found bowel cancer increased for men under 50 by 18 percent each decade between 1995 and 2012, and by 13 percent for women of the same age. Chelsea Halliwell could have been among them today if she […]

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Christchurch hospitals offering free clinics to help diagnose bowel cancer

Canterbury Charity Hospital and St George’s Hospital are offering a free clinic to help diagnose bowel cancer. New research shows that bowel cancer is increasing at an alarming rate in those aged under 50. Both hospitals started providing free theatre time this week for specialists to carry out flexible sigmoidoscopy tests on up to eight patients […]

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Life lives here: Fighting bowel cancer – June Awareness Month

Bowel Cancer NZ are delighted that Trade Me are on board to help us raise awareness during the month of June for our annual Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Take a look at their video promoting our campaign “One thing you can live without” and get on board and start listing!. Click here to view the video […]

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National Volunteer Week 18-24th June 2017

This week is National Volunteer Week and the theme for this year is “Live, laugh, share — Volunteer” or “Kia ringa hora: Me mahi tūao.” The positive message for the week celebrates the joy that volunteers bring to their communities. It also reminds us that volunteers reap the reward of a happier, more engaged life […]

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Peter’s story

My name is Peter Death – I was born and bred in Taranaki. I am now 62 and 2 years ago faced redundancy after 22 years in my role. That same year my mother (who was 94) died. I have recently been diagnosed with a Mitochondrial Myopathy (CPEO) and the only symptom before my bowel […]

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Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon 2017 – over $60,000 fundraised!

We are super stoked that we have totally SMASHED our goal of fundraising $50,000 at the recent Saint Clair Vineyard Half. With 150 charity runners we have raised a massive $60,500!!! These funds will help us fund our national awareness month coming up in June. A special mention to Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon for […]

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Late diagnosis means more young Kiwis getting bowel cancer

Auckland woman Kim Girbin reported stomach pains to her GP for three years before a shock diagnosis of terminal bowel cancer in June. The 39-year-old mother and grandmother has been given 18 months to live and has begun making funeral arrangements. The tumour in Girbin’s bowel is so large it is inoperable and has spread to lymph nodes throughout her body.   “Everyday I […]

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Sarah Derrett Podcasts

Bowel Cancer NZ executive member Sarah Derrett talks with Kirsty Wing and Natalie Reynolds about their experiences with bowel cancer, and the signs and symptoms to look out for to help save lives unnecessarily lost to this highly treatable and beatable disease. Click here to listen to the podcast Sarah Derrett of Bowel Cancer NZ […]

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Scott’s Story

My name is Scott McDougall. I am 58 years old. I have been married to Mary-Helen for 37 years and we have two children.  We have three young Grandchildren who live nearby so we get to see them frequently. I have been a Detective with the New Zealand Police for nearly 26 years. Sadly I […]

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2016 Budget Announcement – ‘A step in the right direction’

Bowel Cancer New Zealand welcomes the budget announcement of a plan to fully implement a national bowel cancer screening programme. “Today’s announcement will begin to turn around our world-worst bowel cancer death rates”, says Sarah Derrett, Bowel Cancer New Zealand spokesperson. “While this is great news it is disappointing to hear that full implementation may […]

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CottonSofts ‘Show you Care’ Campaign

CottonSofts are continuing their support for Bowel Cancer New Zealand, with a limited edition pack to help raise funds to reduce the impact of New Zealand’s most common cancer. From early May consumers can help to raise $20,000 for BCNZ by buying one of the 100,000 specially marked packs that will automatically donate $0.20 cents. […]

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Determined Mum’s rollercoaster cancer journey

At 33 weeks pregnant with her second child, the last thing a young Feilding mother expected was to be diagnosed with bowel cancer. Laura Roberts was just 28 when she was told the news in June 2014. Since then, she has had two major surgeries, 13 rounds of chemotherapy, 23 lymph nodes removed and five […]

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NZ falling behind on cancer survival

A new study confirms a lower survival rate for cancer in New Zealand compared to Australia. Research by the University of Auckland, published this week in PLOS One, showed the chance of surviving cancer in Australia had improved by 6 percent for men and 3 percent for women. In New Zealand, the improvement was less […]

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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 is another reason why the Government should implement the proposed national bowel cancer screening programme. Auckland University’s research, published in today’s PLos One medical journal, shows New Zealand has a lower survival rate from cancer […]

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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 had hair. The 35-year-old is way outside the screening age band, had no family history and a healthy, active lifestyle. She does have one important risk factor, though – she lives in Cromwell. Whereas for […]

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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. Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BCNZ) spokesperson Mary Bradley says “New Zealand is far behind other OECD countries in implementing a bowel screening programme, the last thing we need to do is further delay things by […]

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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 Classic. Silverstream occupational therapist Kathy Sullivan will ride the 50-kilometre Classic on March 5. She is one of two proteges mountain-biking physician Kim Hurst has taken on to help promote the sport to locals, after […]

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Bowel Cancer NZ welcomes $4m boost for colonoscopy services

Bowel Cancer New Zealand have long been concerned about poor access to colonoscopy for New Zealanders and the Minister’s announcement of a $4m boost will definitely help improve access. However much still needs to be done to ensure access to colonoscopy does not depend either on where you live in New Zealand or on how […]

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Decembeard face shares story (+video)

Brett Morrison believes his wife Sarah, who died six months ago this week, will be having a laugh at the fact his bushy beard has led to him being the face of “Decembeard” – an awareness month for bowel cancer. Numerous times he asked her if she’d like him to shave it off and each […]

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Bowel cancer: Early checks can save lives

In a five-part series, the Herald investigates controversies in cancer testing and treatment and reports on the moving stories of people afflicted with cancer. In the second part of the series, Herald health reporter Martin Johnston turns his attention to bowel cancer. Early detection is a good way to boost your odds against bowel cancer […]

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Mary Bradley: The health crisis that receives too little attention

Let’s talk about the health crisis that receives too little attention – bowel cancer. Four times as many New Zealanders are killed by bowel cancer every year – 1,200 – than die on our roads. Three thousand Kiwis are newly diagnosed annually. Bowel cancer will kill as many of us in 2015 as breast and […]

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NZ bowel cancer rates 'embarrassing'

To view the TV3 news segment click HERE. There’s a warning for those who love a classic Kiwi fry-up. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), processed meat like bacon and sausages are as big a cancer threat as cigarettes. The new report could make a big cooked brekkie harder to swallow. The WHO is […]

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Waitemata DHB apologises after patient's death

A man who was going to the toilet up to 40 times a day and was bleeding from his rectum waited more than four months for hospital investigations for cancer after his GP requested specialist assessment. It was more than four months after his GP sought hospital help that the man went to the emergency […]

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'You're never too young to get cancer'

A mother-of-three who has advanced bowel cancer is pleading with other young parents to ”trust their instincts” about their health. ”Be aware of your body and if you know something’s not right, keep asking questions about it. You’re never too young to get cancer, so don’t dismiss it as an option, ” Kat Lawrenson, of […]

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New Zealand accused of dropping the ball on bowel cancer

Hundreds of Kiwis are ending up in emergency departments with undiagnosed bowel cancer, with a study showing patients in Australia are more likely to be treated sooner, and live longer. The Auckland University study of more than 5000 bowel cancer patients – the biggest conducted in New Zealand – is likely to heap more pressure […]

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Brave mum loses cancer battle

After a strong fight against an aggressive form of bowel cancer, 21-year-old Vivian Waller died at 11.15pm on Sunday. The Manly resident’s struggle had captured the hearts of Auckland’s Hibiscus Coast community, which rallied to organise a wedding and reception for her and husband Jack in February. Her story went international when the late comedian […]

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Cancer-hit mum's plight eased by 'liquid gold'

A Manawatu mother’s cries for help to breastfeed her baby after a cancer diagnosis have been answered by a group of milksharing mothers. Laura Roberts, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in June, has received help from the Milksharing Manawatu mothers, who have donated breast milk to help feed 12-week-old Lucy while her mum has […]

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Number one cancer needs to be number one priority

Bowel cancer is now the most common cancer in New Zealand according to new Ministry of Health data. The centrepiece of the new National government’s cancer plan must be introducing a nationwide screening programme as bowel cancer has 10% worse death rates than in Australia. Cancer: The New Registrations and Deaths 2011 report found 3030 […]

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Bowel cancer prevalent among New Zealanders

More New Zealanders are being diagnosed with bowel cancer than any other form of the disease. Figures from the Health Ministry’s show 3,030 people were diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2011, seven more than prostate cancer. In the previous year, both bowel and prostate cancer were as prevalent as each other. The report said 1191 […]

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Cancer: New Registrations and Deaths 2011

Summary This annual statistical publication collates and analyses data on primary malignant tumour cases diagnosed in New Zealand, as reported to the New Zealand Cancer Registry. The NZ Cancer Registry has operated since 1948 and is a population-based tumour register of all primary malignant disease. (Basal and squamous cancers arising in the skin are not […]

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Young golfer dies after gift to wife

A Kiwi golfer and greenkeeper living his dream on the hallowed links at St Andrews in Scotland died beside his young wife, moments after giving her a gift on her 30th birthday. Scratch golfer Mark Hills, 31, and wife Nicola left New Zealand on their honeymoon after marrying in February 2011. Having settled and worked […]

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Labour promises to review Southland's health funding

The Southern District Health Board is underfunded, and Labour will review the funding if elected, Labour health spokeswoman Annette King says. King was in Invercargill yesterday visiting several health organisations with Invercargill Labour candidate Lesley Soper. The Southern DHB had the biggest geographic area to cover in the country, and funding was not meeting what […]

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Young mum tells of unexpected journey

At times, it could be any other young parent’s blog. Natalie Reynolds writes about beautiful moments with her 15-month-old daughter, Isobel. “I took advantage of doing everything with Isobel tonight, we played and read stories, then I gave her a bath – that kid loves the water,” one entry reads. She writes about lying in […]

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We're a peaceful bunch, we Kiwis

It might not seem apparent in the current political landscape, but New Zealand rates as the fourth most peaceful place on the planet. In the 2014 Global Peace Index, Iceland takes out the top slot, followed by Denmark, Austria and then New Zealand. How good is that? I’m not sure how our child homicide rates […]

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Life-saving bowel checks welcomed

Cancer survivor Helen Christopher likes the idea of a national bowel screening programme. “I think it’s wonderful. Everybody should have that opportunity to be screened and be safe.” Now aged 67, Mrs Christopher, a married Hamilton grandmother and administration worker, was 63 when diagnosed with early-stage bowel cancer. That would have put her in the […]

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Fast track for bowel cancer treatment

Bowel cancer patients in South Canterbury can expect quicker access to treatment with the launch of a pilot South Island Colorectal Cancer Treatment Fast Track initiative. The pilot stems from information gathered in the Southern Cancer Network Regional Bowel Cancer Mapping Report, which identified several bottlenecks that were slowing treatment. A clinically led working group […]

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Bowel cancer victim spreads awareness

Avonhead woman Flora Downes admits her experience of bowel cancer has left her a little bitter. “I thought, how could this happen? I did everything to minimise the risk. I didn’t smoke, I exercised and I got all the checks done.” At 58, the international banker and mother of two adult sons has managed to […]

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Research suggests NZ patient survival lower

Writing in today’s journal, Otago University professor David Skegg said if the Australian death rates applied in this country, 616 fewer New Zealand women would have died a year and 215 fewer men. Professor Skegg said most of the “excess” deaths in New Zealand compared to Australia were in people under 70 years old. He […]

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Better chance of surviving cancer in Australia than NZ

A damning new report shows the chances of dying from cancer are still greater in New Zealand than in Australia. View the video here Late diagnosis and poorer access to treatment is being blamed for a 10% higher mortality rate for cancer deaths on this side of the Tasman. The biggest mortality gaps were for […]

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Govt defends cancer screening progress

The Health Minister has defended progress being made to introduce national screening for bowel cancer, following studies showing death rates from cancer are much higher in New Zealand than Australia. Medical researchers say the difference in death rates are costing hundreds of lives every year. Studies published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today show […]

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