Don’t be afraid to talk about poos and bums – it just might save your life, bowel cancer survivors say.

For 3000 Kiwis each year the topic is literally about life and death. But the future would have been brighter for many had they shrugged off the embarrassment sooner.

Bowel cancer is New Zealand’s second biggest cancer killer, second only to lung cancer, and claims 1200 lives every year.

In three out of four cases it is curable if it is caught early but too often it is not detected until it’s too late.

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