Screening for bowel cancer involves a test for people who do not have any obvious symptoms of the disease.  

The aim is to find polyps or to find cancer early when it is easier to treat and cure.

BowelScreen Aotearoa™ uses an immunochemical faecal occult blood test.  

The Australian designed and manufactured test is clinically proven, sensitive and reliable.  

The test is -

  • Simple
  • Non-invasive
  • Highly accurate
  • Requires no diet or medication restrictions
  • Completed in the privacy of your own home

The BowelScreen Aotearoa™ test and accredited pathology services are provided by Clinical Genomics (also known as the ColoVantage Home immunochemical test).

Ask your pharmacist about BowelScreen Aotearoa™ and general bowel health today!


What do I do if I get a positive result?

A positive test result does not confirm the presence of bowel cancer but it does indicate the presence of blood that may be invisible to the naked eye in your bowel motion.  

You should speak to your doctor who will initiate further investigation.  This may include a colonoscopy.

If caught in time, 75% of bowel cancers can be cured.

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Bowel Screening Pilot

Please note: The New Zealand Government is gradually phasing in a National Bowel Screening Program to be completed by 2021. New Zealander’s aged 60 to 74 years who are eligible to for publicly funded health care will receive an invitation to take part in the screening program when it becomes available in their DHB. Eligible New Zealanders will receive a free faecal immunochemical test (FIT) in the mail and are encouraged to complete and return it. For information regarding start dates of each phase please visit or phone 0800 924 432.

Alternatively, anyone can take part in an annual screening by purchasing a BowelScreen Aotearoa™ kit at their local participating pharmacy.