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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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ALACART: AUSTRALASIAN LAPAROSCOPIC CANCER OF THE RECTUM TRIAL

The ALaCaRT trial is helping researchers answer an important health question. It is providing evidence on the question of whether laparoscopic (or keyhole) surgery is an alternative to open surgery for rectal cancer. We appreciate the contribution made by participants in this trial. The contribution may improve the medical treatment of patients in the future. […]

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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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Cottonsoft’s bowel cancer campaign raises awareness and donations

The impact of Cottonsoft’s consumer campaign in support of Bowel Cancer New Zealand (BCNZ) was felt immediately by the national charity. Its website traffic doubled in the first week of the campaign, as advertising to promote 20,000 specially marked CottonSofts packs hit the nation’s TV screens. Donations to the cause via BCNZ’s site have increased […]

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Rachel Smalley: Widespread cancer screening needed

The government is looking to introduce the beginnings of a national bowel cancer screening programme – and it could be in place from early 2017. This is what the Health Minister, Jonathan Coleman has said. I would go one step further and suggest that it ‘has to be’ introduced then. There is a pilot programme […]

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Trust your own body, bowel cancer survivor says

If Colleen Fox hadn’t trusted her gut she swears she wouldn’t be here to tell her story. While on holiday the New Lynn resident mentioned to her husband Tom she really needed “to get her bum checked”. The then 44-year-old had no symptoms of bowel cancer, but had felt tired for months. “I put it […]

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Faith helps couple face fate

It started off as a sore back. Now Roy Mulitalo is preparing his family for a life without him. The Mangere father-of-five was diagnosed with inoperable terminal bowel cancer in October last year. He spoke to the Manukau Courier to help raise awareness of the disease that claims about the same number of New Zealand lives as […]

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No need or justification for extending the pilot

The budget release yesterday was a hugely disappointing result for bowel cancer. Instead of a commitment to roll out a national bowel screening programme to benefit all New Zealanders, there is to be a further allocation of $12.4m to extend a lengthy and already proven Bowel Cancer Screening Pilot running in only one of New […]

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Outrage at 'pathetic' funding for bowel checks

Bowel cancer screening will be extended beyond the original four years in Auckland’s north and west, but the Government can not yet find the $40 million to $60 million for a national testing programme. This has angered cancer survivors pushing for a national screening programme, who say the practice is well established overseas and in […]

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Research findings on delay in bowel cancer referrals rejected

UK researchers have identified a slight delay in diagnosing bowel cancer when patients see their usual doctor, in comparison with seeing someone new. However, Tim Malloy, president of the RNZCGP, says the study approach would need to be more robust to enable significant conclusions to be drawn. “I think there’s a little bit of a […]

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Together in battle against cancer

It was a march of camaraderie, of defiance, of protest, of remembrance, of support, raising over $100,000 for the Cancer Society. Wairarapa’s Relay For Life over Saturday and Sunday at Clareville Showgrounds drew in 650 participants in 50 teams, with some teams boasting over 30 walkers and runners. The flawless weather showcased the parade of […]

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More people will be screened for bowel cancer in the cancer control plan

Media release from Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa The Governments cancer control plan launched yesterday by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman promises to improve coverage and service delivery of the bowel cancer screening program and reduce barriers to access for more people across all population groups. Beat Bowel Cancer Chairperson Mary Bradley responds – “Has the minister […]

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Loss prompts screening call

A Dunedin widow whose husband’s bowel cancer was detected too late to cure wants the Government to commit to a national screening programme. Debbie Williamson said she was angry her husband, Brendon Garden, had died from a disease which could have been cured if it had been detected earlier. ”I don’t want other people going […]

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No date yet for bowel screening rollout

The new Health Minister, Jonathan Coleman, says the Government can not yet give a start date for national screening for bowel cancer. Medical specialists and a bowel cancer lobby group have urged national screening as soon as possible, to save lives. Dr Coleman said the Government still had to evaluate the results of a pilot […]

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Phased roll-out of bowel screening urged

Health officials have urged the Government to phase in national screening for bowel cancer or limit coverage to help manage major obstacles. The advice is contained in documents released to Radio New Zealand under the Official Information Act. Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in New Zealand and there is growing demand for […]

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Bowel cancer demands renewed urgency

Press Release: New Zealand Labour Party Annette King Acting Deputy Labour Leader Health Spokesperson Bowel cancer demands renewed urgency The Government must act on new calls by medical experts to roll out bowel cancer screening across the country, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. “New Zealand has one of the world’s […]

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Colorectal screening nearly halves cancer risk

Australians who participate in routine colorectal cancer screening almost halve their risk of developing the disease over four years compared to those who don’t take up screening invitations, a new analysis reveals. The research, involving nearly 200,000 people from NSW who were part of the 45 and Up Study, found that people who were screened […]

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New Zealand needs to act on awful bowel cancer statistics

The Government has been accused of having death on its hands over the decision to stick to a four-year Waitemata DHB-region bowel cancer screening pilot, rather than start rolling out a national screening programme. New Zealand’s rates of bowel cancer are among the highest in the world, and our outcomes are among the worst. More […]

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Taking steps towards better health – Students guide people to better health

Southern Institute of Technology first-year nursing students are guiding Southlanders towards better health. The students put on their annual health expo, My Health Rules, for the public to get free checkups on campus yesterday. Nurse educator Jess Domigan said the students organised the event as a part of their course and incorporated leading Southland health […]

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Doctor dies after living to see daughter

A doctor who battled cancer long enough to see the birth of his daughter earlier this year has died. Jared Noel, 33, passed away at his Auckland home this morning, his family said. Noel was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2009 and was a leading advocate raising awareness of the disease. He was told last […]

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Doctor's fight with cancer over

Auckland doctor Jared Noel’s fight with bowel cancer, which he fought long enough to see his daughter born, came to an end yesterday. The 33-year-old won the hearts of New Zealanders after speaking out about his battle with the disease, and revealing that his dying wish was to meet his then-unborn child. Thousands of New […]

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Twelve Questions: Blair Christensen

Blair Christensen is the turf manager at Eden Park, leading a team of seven preparing for Cricket World Cup matches this summer. The father of two has his family Christmas at the ground and says his children think it’s their backyard. 9.  Who is your favourite New Zealand sportsman? It’s my father-in-law, Hedley Howarth. He […]

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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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Nurses to play bigger role in bowel cancer care

Media release from health minister Tony Ryall Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced specialist nurses will now be trained to perform colonoscopies, a diagnostic test which can identify whether a person has bowel cancer and can find and remove pre-cancerous growths. The first group of nurse endoscopists will begin training early next year. Mr […]

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Talking about bowel cancer

There is no national screening programme for bowel cancer and it’s something many of us are uncomfortable talking about. But not one Hamilton family. Tash, Aleisha and Jennifer don’t have bowel cancer, but over the past 24 hours they’ve all had surgery. Watch the video to see their extraordinary story.

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Cottonsoft wins innovation award

Operating in the highly competitive FMCG space, toilet tissue and paper towel manufacturer Cottonsoft is in celebration mode after receiving an award from Environmental Choice New Zealand (ECNZ). The ecolabel, which is government-owned, covers over 2,000 products and services, and Cottonsoft was judged the most innovative new environmental license holder for 2014. Independent environmental scientists […]

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Lack of bowel cancer screening programmes

Advocates say New Zealanders are dying needlessly because there is no national screening programme for bowel cancer. Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa says nearly as many New Zealanders die each year from bowel cancer as they do from breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. In a screening pilot at the Waitemata District Health Board 160 people […]

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Better odds for those in Australia

If sunshine, high wages and beaches weren’t enough, living in Australia also increases your chances of surviving cancer. Research from Auckland University shows that more than 700 people who die of cancer each year in New Zealand would have survived had they lived across the ditch. Little had improved since an initial study by Otago […]

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Canterbury Live

A half hour magazine style chat show with guests from around Canterbury and New Zealand.

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Checkup a lifesaver

A niggling pain turned into a “hell of a shock” for otherwise-fit Constable Clint Vallender, of Waiheke. Seven weeks ago, the 52-year old Rocky Bay resident was diagnosed with bowel cancer after a lifetime of good health. He has just returned home after having the tumour removed, along with a section of his stomach, at […]

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Bowel cancer detected in 160 people through screening programme

New data shows that more than 160 people who have taken part in the Waitemata bowel screening programme have been found to have cancer. Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says the data for the first two years helps build a picture of how New Zealand could run a national bowel screening programme, and what would […]

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Men get the message about health

Getting men to be more proactive about their health is a lesson Ivan Burrowes cannot emphasise enough. The immediate past president of the Richmond Lions Club has battled bowel and prostate cancer in the past 18 years, and says he is lucky to be alive to tell the tale. “The message is that it can […]

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Beat Bowel Cancer Website

We were pleased to announce the release of the updated Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa website www.beatbowelcancer.org.nz earlier this month and thank everybody for their encouraging feedback. This website is the 24/7 face of our charity and the first point of contact that most NZers will have with Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa. It is imperative that […]

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CANGO: Prioritise Rollout of National Bowel Cancer Screening

CANGO, an alliance of eight major New Zealand cancer NGOs, calls on the next New Zealand Government to answer the World Cancer Declaration’s call to action to: 1. Reduce modifiable risk factors for cancer 2. Achieve equity for all New Zealanders across the cancer care continuum 3. Prioritise rollout of the national bowel cancer screening […]

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Thank you to our growing army of volunteers

National Volunteer Week has ended, but that does not mean volunteer recognition is over for Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa. The impact that our volunteers make on our many activities and projects throughout New Zealand, especially during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month cannot be underestimated and celebrating their achievements as a charity is so important. Our appreciation […]

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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – June 2014

To launch our many and varied activities during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this June Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa reported on government progress against Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa’s 2015 Call to Action, which set out 10 Key calls we asked to see achieved before 2015. Based on the evidence presented in this report, it is our […]

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Bums Are Full of Surprises

If you heard an increase in the amount of flatulence around your home or office last week, you can thank ‘Fartbomb’ – a unique tool developed by Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa. Fartbomb is an online tool that has been developed to get Kiwis talking about our country’s No. 2 cancer killer – bowel cancer – […]

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How cancer 'saved my children'

Fiona Taylor has endured surgeries, terrible pain and other symptoms from cancer, yet manages to find something good in it all. Of her six daughters aged 11 to 23, the three older ones will now also have life-saving surgery to remove the large bowel. The alternative is the 100 per cent certainty of bowel cancer […]

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'Bum shorts' have it covered at Fieldays

A cheeky clothing offering has done the rounds at Fieldays – “bum shorts”. The striped boxer-style shorts with bum cheeks may not be typical farming attire but around 50 pairs were sold by Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa at the Mystery Creek event near Hamilton. Chief executive Megan Smith even gave Prime Minister John Key a […]

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TVNZ Bowel Cancer

We mark Bowel Cancer Awareness Month with Dr Jared Noel, who was diagnosed at just 27 years old. View the video here

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Experts demand bowel cancer action

New Zealanders are dying while a 16-year “talkfest” continues about whether to screen for bowel cancer, according to a Canterbury surgeon. 3,000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with bowel cancer a year and 100 people each month – or 1200 people a year – die from it. Patient and cancer groups say national screening is needed […]

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Many with bowel cancer unaware

Up to 1000 Cantabrians could be living with undiagnosed bowel cancer, one of the country’s leading bowel surgeons says. New Zealand has the highest rate of bowel cancer in the world, yet it is still unknown what causes the cancer to develop in more than 90 per cent of cases, Professor Frank Frizelle, from the […]

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Bowel cancer: Govt unable to deliver on 'urgent' investigations – charity

Nearly half of patients on “urgent” public hospital waiting lists for a procedure to check for suspected bowel cancer are seen within the target time of two weeks, the Ministry of Health says. “Just under a third of those requiring semi-urgent colonoscopies receive them within the six week guideline,” said the ministry’s manager of bowel […]

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Government failing to meet bowel cancer treatment targets

There are signs the government may be failing to meet its own targets, in the diagnosis and and treatment of bowel cancer. Data obtained from the Ministry of Health under the Official Information Act suggests there are substantial delays in testing people with symptoms of bowel cancer. The Beat Bowel Cancer charity says the data […]

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Bowel cancer patients considered to be 'second-class tumour citizens'

Another report demonstrates that less than 50 percent of suspected bowel cancer patients were given examined inside the two-week time allotment set by the Government. In Tairawhiti just 15 percent of patients were examined on time, in Waikato 36 percent, Nelson/Marlborough 31 percent, Auckland 44 percent, Capital and Coast 47 percent and Canterbury at 62 […]

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Test trial proves to be a life-saver

A bowel cancer screening scheme in north and west Auckland has led to a huge advance in early diagnosis of the potentially fatal disease. This is the point of asking 130,000 people aged 50 to 74 to take a pooh sample to be tested for invisible traces of blood – and it certainly appears to […]

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CORRESPONDENT, with Karen Brown

It has never been a remotely sexy or high-profile topic, but in election year bowel cancer has become the first health issue to trigger real debate. Three thousand men and women are diagnosed with the cancer each year in New Zealand and 100 a month die from it. The death rate in New Zealand is […]

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Funding boost for bowel cancer tests

A $109,000 funding boost will allow 110 extra colonoscopy surgeries to be performed by MidCentral District Health Board in the coming months. The funding is the latest in a range of recent government initiatives aimed at improving colonoscopy delivery and bowel cancer screening. Health Minister Tony Ryall said the boost would help MidCentral DHB deliver […]

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Screening for cancer defended

Labour says it has done its homework on its planned bowel cancer screening programme, and rejects criticism it will not be based on science. The party’s health spokeswoman, Annette King, contacted the Otago Daily Times to respond to Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague’s concerns published in the newspaper yesterday. Mr Hague had said he […]

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Oncologist says bowel screening benefits real

Scientific evidence supporting the merits of bowel screening is stronger than that for breast or prostate screening, Dunedin oncologist Christopher Jackson says. Dr Jackson, who is also a senior lecturer at the Dunedin School of Medicine, contacted the Otago Daily Times about the disagreement between the Labour and Green parties aired last week over Labour’s […]

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Patients wait too long – cancer lobby

A bowel cancer lobby group says many people with suspected bowel cancer are waiting too long to see a specialist. Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa says waiting times for diagnosis also vary widely around the country. The autonomous group says that contrary to treatment guidelines, only 48 percent of patients who are highly suspected of having […]

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Call for colonoscopies by nurses

A professor of nursing at Massey University says nurses should be trained to carry out colonoscopies to ease pressure as demand grows for national screening for bowel cancer. A health workforce symposium in Wellington on Wednesday heard there are about 9,500 thousand people waiting for a colonoscopy nationally at any one time, because of a […]

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Labour promises nationwide bowel cancer screening programme

Labour will roll out a nationwide bowel cancer screening programme within three years if it is elected, leader David Cunliffe announced this afternoon. Mr Cunliffe said the current screening programme would be extended to Waikato and Otago-Southland District Health Boards next year, because these regions had high rates of bowel cancer. A national programme would […]

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Bay boost for colonoscopy funding

Health Minister Tony Ryall says Bay of Plenty patients are set to benefit from a $3.5m national boost in funding for colonoscopies. “This boost will help Bay of Plenty DHB deliver up to 370 extra colonoscopies for patients most in need,” said Mr Ryall. “A colonoscopy can identify whether a person has cancer or pre-cancerous […]

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