The free National Bowel Screening Programme officially launched for Counties Manukau DHB residents on July 10, nearly seven years after the pilot began at Waitematā DHB.

As bowel screening programmes continue rolling out across the country, a cancer survivor is urging people to get on board. It took Auckland woman Rasela Filipo a year before she went to a doctor about bloody bowel movements when she was 63, but she’s thankful she finally did.

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