Bowel cancer patients considered to be 'second-class tumour citizens'

Bowel-cancerAnother report demonstrates that less than 50 percent of suspected bowel cancer patients were given examined inside the two-week time allotment set by the Government.

In Tairawhiti just 15 percent of patients were examined on time, in Waikato 36 percent, Nelson/Marlborough 31 percent, Auckland 44 percent, Capital and Coast 47 percent and Canterbury at 62 percent.

Numbers discharged to ONE News indicate all the area health boards neglected to meet the target. Lorelei Mason, health reporter, says figures picked up under the Official Information Act reveal to some region health boards had terrible report.

Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa, which is an autonomous group, propelled five years prior to development the reason to improve the treatment of cancer for Kiwis and says the circumstances are far more terrible than they suspected.

Representative Megan Smith stated that it is a troublesome fact that most people are examined very late if at all they get the opportunity of being examined.

The report says very less patients are getting colonoscopies and Ms Smith says bowel cancer patients are, no doubt fizzled in all areas and are, no doubt treated as second-class cancer residents.