National Bowel Screening Programme

The free National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) is for men and women aged 60 to 74. It saves lives by detecting bowel cancer early, when it can often be successfully treated.

What is the National Bowel Screening Programme?
This is a free programme to help detect bowel cancer.

The National Bowel Screening Programme is being rolled out across New Zealand starting in 2017. It is being offered to men and women aged 60 to 74 who are eligible for publicly funded healthcare.

Bowel screening is for people who don’t have symptoms of bowel cancer. If you have any bowel symptoms that concern you, discuss these with your doctor. Don’t wait to receive free bowel screening test.

When it’s your turn to take part you’ll be sent:

  • an invitation letter
  • a consent form
  • a free bowel screening test kit.
  • You’ll receive your first invitation within two years of the programme starting in your area.

To find out when your District Health Board is joining the National Bowel Screening Programme, go to

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