Liver cancer growing in NZ and Australia
In 2009, liver cancer killed 208 people, up from 148 in 2003.
This is a 41% increase in just 6 years.
“Liver cancer is a terrible disease. In most patients it presents late with very little in the way of therapeutic options and very short survival. The median survival time of liver cancer patients is less than one year following diagnosis. There has been an exponential increase in the number of liver cancer cases in the upper North Island - a five-fold increase in the last 10 to 15 years”
Professor Ed Gane, deputy director of the New Zealand Liver Transplant Unit at Auckland City Hospital, 2012.
“Despite the evidence that treatment does prevent liver cancer in a cost-effective fashion, treatment access is extremely poor in Australia and New Zealand. We need to save lives from a disease that is largely preventable”
Australian infectious diseases physician Dr Ben Cowie.
As reported by the New Zealand Herald on Monday September 10, 2012.