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Stuff.co.nz (external link)  - Nearly half of all Western Leader readers have ticked the bowel screening test off their list.

More West Aucklanders are being encouraged to complete a test kit sent by Waitemata District Health Board's BowelScreening team.

Around 47 per cent of people have been tested in the area.

Of these,1341 people tested positive. Forty-three people in the area found out they had bowel cancer.

David Vinsen, who found out he had bowel cancer after a test, is encouraging others to get screened as part of a regular check up.

The NZ Imported Motor Vehicle Association chief executive says many of us take better care of our cars than ourselves.

"My message to others - especially men who often avoid medical issues is to take advantage of the opportunity to do the free bowel screening test," he says...read more >> (external link)