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Leading healthcare provider ProCare has today welcomed the reduction in the age of bowel screening for Māori and Pacific patients from 60 to 50 with an additional $10.096 million in the next financial year.


Dr Allan Moffitt, Clinical Director at ProCare says: “This decision has been long overdue, and we have been lobbying for this reduction in screening age for a number of years now.


“Bowel cancer affects Māori and Pasifika patients at a much earlier age than non-Māori and Pasifika, so screening at a lower age makes sense, will significantly reduce the inequities in our health system and ultimately save lives,” he concludes.