The introduction of a bowel cancer screening programme was confirmed by Treasury Minister Anne Craine in Tuesday's budget.
Despite the financial squeeze, the Department of Health is to provide Island-wide screening.
It means more than 8,000 people aged between 60 and 69 will be monitored every two years.
Local charity Bowel Cancer Isle of Man has been campaigning for a programme since 2009.
Its chairman Heather Norman says the move could have a significant effect on survival rates: