We’ve been the strongest voice calling for national bowel cancer screening since 2010.

Since our inception in 2010, we’ve been the strongest and most consistent voice calling for a national screening programme.

Finally, in Budget 2016, the government announced the rollout of a programme, a fundamental factor that will help us turn around our world-worst statistics in New Zealand, and aid us in helping to save hundreds of lives. A huge achievement that has been seven years in the making.

It’s a start. While celebrating the lives that will be saved, we’re acutely aware that there is a lot more work to do. The government is yet to commit to a firm timeline for the rollout, the planning will provide screening only to New Zealanders aged 60-74, when international best practice is clear that screening should be available from age 50-74.

We will continue to work hard to address these issues with your help.