Often there are delays in the diagnosis of New Zealanders with bowel cancer before the age of 60 years, such as Maori and persons with low education who are most at risk, according to new research.
A study conducted by a medical student at the University of Otago Zoe Vindnerom and led by Professor Sarah Derrett and Associate Professor Sue Krengle from the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine and published today in the Medical Journal of New Zealand, shows that most people are not aware that their symptoms can be and at first approached a man who was not a specialist in the field of health, usually a partner or friend.
In 98 participants time between the detected symptoms and the diagnosis was often six months or more.
The delay in diagnosis was more likely if patients were younger, without a higher qualification.
"Delays in diagnosis are shown, and some groups are particularly at risk," - says Ms. Winner.
"Careful attention should be paid to Maori, persons under 60 years of age and persons with low education."
Professor Derrett says the new bowel screening program, which is now being implemented in seven regions are crucial in terms of reducing mortality in New Zealand from colon cancer, but can also lead to delays for young people with access to diagnostic services, which They may be limited.
The findings suggest that you may need a broader understanding of the common symptoms that can guide future initiatives in education, she says.
Most patients seeking help with general symptoms. Despite the fact that few people suspected bowel cancer, those who went to doctors, change of bowel habit were observed more often, rectal bleeding, or a combination of both.
This initial study has made some important first ideas to the understanding of the experience of patients diagnosed with bowel cancer in New Zealand.