Bowel screening programme marks anniversary

SDHB National Bowel Screening Programme team members (from left) Nurse Co-ordinator, Genevieve Cowley; Programme Manager, Emma Bell; and Nurse Co-ordinator, Laura Bane. Photo: Supplied
SDHB National Bowel Screening Programme team members (from left) Nurse Co-ordinator, Genevieve Cowley; Programme Manager, Emma Bell; and Nurse Co-ordinator, Laura Bane. Photo: Supplied

A bowel screening programme that began a year ago is having a significant impact on the lives of Southern residents.

The Southern DHB’s national bowel screening programme has enabled the diagnosis of 62 people with bowel cancer in the region with an additional 552 people with non-cancerous polyps being identified and treated.

Screening participation rates have been consistently high throughout the South at 70.6%. The latest Ministry of Health data, to the end of January 2019, indicated that all SDHB regions exceeded the national participation target of 60%.

The programme’s clinical lead Dr Jason Hill said the figures were impressive.

"We’re absolutely delighted with these results, which demonstrate the tangible effects of this programme."

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