Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa is a nationwide, patient led organisation committed to reducing the impact of bowel cancer on our community through awareness, education and support.

The charity was founded in 2010 by a group of people affected by bowel cancer, with the support of clinicians committed to improving bowel cancer awareness among the general public and health professionals.  The charity aims to provide clear and up-to-date information about: the disease, symptoms, what to do if diagnosed, and treatments.

We encourage people to communicate frankly about all aspects of this disease, and not to be embarrassed to talk about bottoms and bowels.

There is strong international evidence that screening for bowel cancer reduces the number of people dying from this disease.  Currently New Zealand does not have a national screening programme even though we have among the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world.  Every year we wait for a national screening programme, as many as another 270 New Zealanders may die needlessly from bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer is New Zealand's cancer.  Instead of leading the world in terms of the numbers of people affected by bowel cancer and deaths from bowel cancer, we need to lead the world in terms of finding solutions to this disease and improving outcomes for patients.”


Green Cross Health is a provider of primary health care services to communities the length and breadth of New Zealand.
We are passionate about supporting the health and wellness of New Zealanders through our network of experts in pharmacies, medical centres and community care services.
Green Cross Health represent around 300 community pharmacies throughout New Zealand under the Unichem and Life Pharmacy banners.
Pharmacists operate at the heart of our business, providing health and wellness care + advice, products and services to our communities, every day.






Bowel Cancer Australia works to reduce the impact of bowel cancer in our society through awareness, education, support and research.  We aim to help save lives from this common cancer, Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. 

Bowel cancer affects men and women equally, of any age.  77 people die every week from the disease in Australia, and 1 in 12 Australians will receive a bowel cancer diagnosis during their lifetime. 

Charity initiatives such as Bowel Cancer Awareness Month®, BowelScreen Australia® and the Health Community Program raise awareness of symptoms and promote early diagnosis.  Through our patient network we provide support, resources and advocacy for bowel cancer patients, their carers, close relatives and friends.  To do all this, we rely on public support.


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Bowel Screening Pilot

Please note: Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB) has been selected to run the Ministry for Health's four year bowel screening pilot. 

People aged 50 to 74 years who live in the DHB area will be eligible to take part in the screening programme.

Eligible people will receive a faecal occult blood test (FOBT) in the mail and are encouraged to participate in the Programme Pilot.

For more information about the Ministry for Health's bowel screening pilot, please email 

People who are ineligible to participate in the bowel screening pilot can undergo annual screening through BowelScreen Aotearoa™ by visiting their local participating pharmacy.