The Ministry of Health is being urged to review a bowel cancer screening decision, to reduce health inequity.

Bowel cancer is diagnosed in about 3000 New Zealanders a year, and kills about 1200.

It’s the second most common cancer registered for all women (Māori and non-Māori), after breast cancer. For Māori men it’s the third most common cancer (after prostate and lung), and the second most common for non-Māori men (after prostate).

In a report in June, the ministry said Māori had fewer healthy days of life compared to non-Māori.

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