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NZ (external link)  - A national bowel screening programme will be rolled out after today's Budget set aside $39.3 million over four years.

The Cancer Society made such funding one of its top wishes for the Budget, with health advocates having campaigned for an extension to a pilot programme running through Waitemata DHB.

New Zealand has one of the developed world's highest rates of bowel cancer registration and deaths.

Around 3000 cases are registered each year and there are about 1200 deaths from the disease.

Bowel cancer is New Zealand's most commonly registered cancer, and the second most common cause of cancer death.

Survival rates are better for patients in whom the disease is detected at an early more >> (external link)