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

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 available.

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world with more than 3,000 diagnosed with the disease every year and more than 1,200 of those losing their lives. The good news is that bowel cancer is treatable and beatable in more than 75% of cases if caught early.

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 is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and the best care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. 


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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.