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Bowel Screening - free for
50-74 year olds in Waitemata
Bowel cancer is the second most
common cancer in New Zealand and
every year about 100 residents in the
Waitemata DHB area die from it.
If bowel cancer is found in its early stages, there
is a greater than 90% chance of survival. Bowel
screening can help detect bowel cancer at an
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Over the next two years people aged 50 to 74 who
live in the Waitemata DHB area will be invited to
take part in the free BowelScreening programme.
is is an opportunity to check yourself out, free
"Bowel cancer can be present with few or
even no warning signs or symptoms.
Bowel screening checks for early signs of bowel
cancer. Everyone eligible to take part in the
programme will automatically be sent a letter and
invited to participate over the next two years. You
don't need to enrol, but if you haven't been to a
doctor recently or you've changed your address
please call us on 0800 924 432 to check we have
your correct details on our register.
e test is quick, clean and simple to complete -- it
only takes a couple of minutes, using the free test
Unlike other screening programmes this test can
be done yourself, in the convenience and privacy
of your own home.
Bowel cancer can be present with few or even no
warning signs or symptoms.
Symptoms may include blood in your bowel
motion or changes in your normal pattern of
going to the toilet that continue for several weeks,
for example: diarrhoea, constipation or a feeling
that your bowel doesn't empty completely.
"Bowel screening can help detect bowel
cancer at an early stage.
ese symptoms are more likely to be caused by
other, more harmless reasons but it is important
to have them checked by your doctor. If you have
any symptoms, don't wait for your screening
invitation, see your doctor now.
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A ride with the Wikis is one to remember
By LISA HONEYBONE
Turning heads: Stephanie Wiki, her brother-in-law Kevin Wiki and husband Warren Wiki take the V8 Trikes for a spin around Browns Bay.
A family that has battled cancer
and the Christchurch earthquakes
wants to make a roaring success of
its new life on the North Shore.
The Wikis moved to Northcross at
the end of last year and have since
drawn attention as they drive their
V8-powered trikes around.
Stephanie Wiki was diagnosed
with breast cancer at about the
same time as the February earth-
The family home in the hard-hit
eastern suburbs was liveable but
the infrastructure was poor, she
It made sense for her family to
relocate to Auckland because she
was travelling back and forth for
Mrs Wiki s family was really
involved with its community in
Christchurch and they wanted to do
the same in Auckland.
Husband Warren is a keen
Harley rider and talks about the
freedom he gets when riding, she
I thought it was just an excuse to
go out riding but I really get it now,
Mrs Wiki says you forget about
all your troubles and she wants
others to experience the same thing.
They bought their two trikes,
built in Rangiora, a few months
back and are in the process of get-
ting two more.
The bikes are worth around
The plan is to offer rides to rest-
homes and community groups and
they also have a charity in mind
that they want to support.
The trikes are classed as cars so
passengers don t need to wear
helmets but seatbelts do need to be
Mrs Wiki says it s a fun, safe way
to share that freedom of riding with
people who wouldn t normally get
The Wikis have already taken
quite a few locals for a spin includ-
ing a 90-year-old woman.
Nothing too fast, she says.
But the bikes are built to reach
speeds of around 170kmh.
The family s plan is to build up its
business and create jobs.
The main man behind V8 Trike
Chauffeurs is Warren along with
his brother Kevin Wiki, son-in-law
Stuart Tafua and friend Gareth
Visit www.v8trikes.co.nz or
395827862 for information.
news.co.nz to experience the
view from the passenger
seat of a V8 Trike.
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