Souce: Radio New Zealand, 25 November 2016
District health boards (DHBs) in south Auckland and
Otago-Southland will roll out bowel cancer screening earlier than
The Counties Manukau and Southern DHBs will start screening in
the next financial year - along with Hutt Valley, Wairarapa and
Waitemata, where a pilot would continue.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said Counties Manukau and
Southern DHBs did more than 90 percent of urgent and non-urgent
colonoscopies within the recommended time.
They had the capacity to start the screening programme, he
Counties Manukau had a high proportion of Māori and Pacific
people in its area. Those groups had poor bowel cancer survival
rates, "so it makes sense to roll that out as soon as
Southern had one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the
country, at 89 per 100,000 people. It had 1354 bowel cancer cases
between 2009 and 2013.
"It makes sense for these two DHBs to be the next off the
Southern was originally to start in 2018-19 and Counties Manukau
Dr Coleman would not give a target month for screening to
Counties Manukau DHB chief executive Geraint Martin welcomed the
It was "not about which DHB gets to go first", but to roll out
bowel cancer screening as quickly as possible across the country -
and improve bowel cancer rates.
The programme aims to catch bowel cancer early so treatment was
More than 700,000 people between the ages of 60 and 74 will be
invited for screening every two years once the programme is fully
The early screening rounds were expected to detect 500 to 700
cancers each year.
Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Hawke's Bay, Whanganui,
MidCentral, Capital and Coast, Nelson-Marlborough, Canterbury and
South Canterbury DHBs were likely to start screening in
Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti, Lakes, Taranaki and West Coast DHBs
were set to begin in 2019-20.