About eight lives have already been saved in Hutt Valley and Wairarapa by bowel screening, according to experts.

Bowel screening has been available to people in Waitematā since 2011 under a pilot screening programme.

But in a long-awaited move, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa became the first two areas to offer screening permanently under a national programme, for those aged 60 to 74. Waitematā District Health Board transitioned into this programme in January.

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