Symptoms & Statistics
New Zealand has one of the highest incidences of bowel cancer in the world. Each year about 3,000 people are diagnosed with the disease and more than 1,200 will die.
John almost found out the hard way:
Lucky I checked with my doctor. I had no obvious symptoms but had my regular screening and found the cancer early enough to stop it.
Statistics of bowel cancer rates in NZ
Bowel Cancer affects people of all ages
• Bowel cancer is the second highest cause of cancer-related death in NZ, 2nd to Lung cancer
• The incidence of bowel cancer in New Zealand is amongst the highest in the world
• 3000 + New Zealanders are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year
• 1200 + will die from bowel cancer every year
• 300 + under 50 will be diagnosed with bowel cancer each year
• It is estimated that 1 in 18 New Zealanders will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime
Remember – While bowel cancer is more common in the 50 years + age group, bowel cancer affects people of all ages.
If you have symptoms of concern, do not accept ‘you’re too young to have bowel cancer’ as an explanation for your symptoms – ask your GP to be referred for further investigations.
Remember – if you are still concerned, you can seek a second opinion from another doctor.