The medical staff at the Bowel Cancer Australia organization asked states and federal governments to find solutions to fasten the waiting time for the patients to get diagnosed with bowel cancer, which is the second cancer-related death cause in Australia.
Australians have to wait up to 6 months to get diagnosed with bowel cancer
Bowel cancer is one of the forms of cancer that can be totally treated with ease. However, the only condition for successfully treating bowel cancer is to diagnose the disease in time. Unfortunately, this is not the case in Australia, since the average waiting time for getting a colonoscopy is six months.
Today, the Bowel Cancer Australia released a report. According to it, 90% of the people who suffer from bowel cancer had to wait, on average, 181 days to get diagnosed via the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP).
“It is unacceptable that people with a positive screen or bowel cancer symptoms have to wait six months or longer for a colonoscopy to learn if they have cancer,” stated Julien Wiggins, the CEO of Bowel Cancer Australia.
90% of those suffering from bowel cancer can be saved if diagnosed in time
Those with potential bowel cancer are at risk of disease aggravation if they’re not getting the final diagnostic fast.
According to Graham Newstead, a colonoscopy, when done in time, can detect the polyps which can be removed before turning into big tumors which require complex surgical interventions.
“If bowel cancer is detected, and it is still in the earliest stages, 90% of cases can be successfully treated,” explained Graha, Newstead.
Julien Wiggins, the Bowel Cancer Australia’s CEO, consider that the long waiting time for a colonoscopy can be addressed by the government which must implement the adequate resources for colonoscopy testings in order to significantly reduce the actual 6 months waiting time down to an acceptable one that will not endanger the patients.