Ki­wis ‘need­lessly’ dy­ing of can­cer

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

New Zealand’s death rate from can­cer is 10 per cent higher than Aus­tralia’s, and bowel can­cer is the ma­jor rea­son ac­cord­ing to data re­cently re­leased.

Beat Bowel Can­cer Aotearoa chief ex­ec­u­tive Me­gan Smith says data pre­sented at a New Zealand Can­cer Con­trol Trust meet­ing in Welling­ton last week show half of all ‘‘ex­cess’’ can­cer deaths in New Zealand are from bowel can­cer.

Aus­tralians have had ac­cess to na­tion­ally funded bowel can­cer screen­ing for some time.

‘‘New Zealand lags be­hind Aus­tralia in terms of de­tec­tion, screen­ing, and treat­ment for bowel can­cer,’’ Smith says.

‘‘The re­sult is New Zealan­ders dy­ing need­lessly.’’

Lat­est up­dates is­sued by the Min­istry of Health have in­di­cated that in just two years, the Waite- mata DHB Bowel Can­cer Screen­ing Pi­lot has di­ag­nosed 160 peo­ple with bowel can­cer who had no symp­toms.

Most of them were de­tected at an early stage when there is the best po­ten­tial for cure.

This is in con­trast to most Ki­wis who have no ac­cess to na­tion­ally funded bowel can­cer screen­ing.

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