Saturday 20 December 2014

50pc of men not screened

JUST one in two men with suspected prostate cancer is being seen within the 20-day target in HSE-run rapid access clinics, new figures reveal.

Some 2,870 patients attended the clinics last year and 1,034 were diagnosed with primary cancers with another 10 having a recurrence of the disease.

"Timely access to prostate rapid access clinics has been a continuing challenge for University Hospital Galway, Waterford Regional and and Limerick Regional," according to HSE report.

It said that additional urology staff are to be appointed in Galway and Waterford in a bid to ease the delays. The report said the National Cancer Screening Service continued to roll out the new bowel screening programme (BowelScreen), and 60,000 members of the public were invited to participate in 2013.

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