Around 3,000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year. Approximately 1,200 Kiwis will lose their lives to the disease, as many as breast and prostate cancer combined.
New Zealand is one of the world leaders when it comes to bowel cancer diagnoses. We would rather lead the world in finding ways to stop bowel cancer and improving outcomes for patients.
The aim of the Atlas is to explore any wide variations between DHBs in the incidence, treatment, and where possible, outcomes in particular disease areas. The findings are intended to raise questions about why differences exist, to encourage debate and promote innovative solutions for improvement.
Such debate can trigger local action to determine the causes for variation and, if appropriate, help to initiate local activities to improve quality of care, accessibility to health services, and ensure equitable outcomes for all New Zealanders.
Click here to access the Bowel Cancer Atlas.