Advocacy

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.

BCNZ is also a committed member of Cancer Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO), an alliance of nine prominent NZ charities: New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ, Melanoma New Zealand, The Unicorn Foundation, New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation, The Lung Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation and The Cancer Society. The group was formed in 2007 to unite cancer charities, strengthening our anti-cancer efforts.