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Delays for bowel cancer test as DHBs struggle with demand

Delays for bowel cancer test as DHBs struggle with demand

More people are waiting for a key bowel cancer test as some District Health Boards struggle to cope with rising demand.

Colonoscopies are needed to diagnose bowel cancer, which kills more than 1200 people a year. DHBs are expected to provide timely colonoscopies as screening for the disease begins nationwide. But details released to RNZ under the Official Information Act show it’s proving far from easy. RNZ health correspondent Karen Brown talks to Susie Ferguson.

If caught early, bowel cancer sufferers have more chance of a successful outcome and underlines the importance of having private Health Insurance. Talk to us today about getting covered, so that you don’t have to wait.