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Patients in Wales wait longest out of 10 regions to begin bowel cancer treatment

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 28 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5031
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Some UK patients with bowel cancer are waiting up to a year to start treatment, new research1 has found.

An international study published in BMJ Open found that 10% of patients in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales waited a year from first noticing a symptom to beginning treatment. It covered diagnosis and treatment of bowel cancer in 10 jurisdictions across six countries.

Men and women in Wales took the longest to contact their doctor once they had noticed a health concern or symptom (median average 49 days).

Patients in Wales also waited the longest (39 days on …

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