Nelson has fourth highest bowel cancer rate


Nelson’s bowel cancer rates are well above the national average according to data from the Health Quality and Safety Commission.

Nelson is the fourth of seven New Zealand regions resting above the national average for bowel cancer rates between 2009 and 2013 according to new data.

In Nelson Marlborough, 86.4 patients suffer from bowel cancer per 100,000 people with a total of 604 Nelsonians diagnosed with bowel cancer over the five year period.

South Canterbury has the highest rate at 113 patients per 100,000 people. It is followed by Wairarapa, Otago-Southland, Nelson Marlborough, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki and Hawkes Bay.

Charity Bowel Cancer NZ spokeswoman Sarah Derrett told the New Zealand Herald that survival rates are worse in these regions due to late diagnosis and the fast spread of the cancer.

Bowel cancer is the most commonly reported cancer in New Zealand, with around 3000 new cases and 1200 deaths each year.


– Story with NZ Herald