Three New Reports Confirm Regional Variations in Cancer Death Rates

Three New Reports Confirm Regional Variations in Cancer Death RatesThree different reports, which were published by the Ministry of Health and the National Health Board, have shown a regional disparity in the cancer death rates. The reports have revealed that Northland, Bay of Plenty, Lakes and Canterbury DHBs have had more cancer registrations, if compared to the national rate. Following the revelation by the reports, the role of Ministry of Health is being questioned and is repeatedly asked for explanation.

Wherein the reports of Northland, Waikato, Lakes, Taranaki, Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti, Whanganui and Otago DHBs have topped the list for having had more cancer death rates, at the same time Waitemata, Auckland, Capital and Coast and Canterbury have had fewer death rates, that confirms regional disparity in cancer rates.

Considering the regional disparity in the cancer rates, as revealed by the series of reports, cancer programme national clinical Director, John Childs said, “This means it's important to look at the population structure in different areas when reading this report. For instance, we know that Maori populations have higher rates of cancer and that people who are most deprived generally have poorer health outcomes”.

Cancer as a fatal disease has always remained a major reason of deaths in New Zealand, with total 29% of deaths caused due to cancer.