5 August 2023
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is alarmed people in Queensland are waiting months for test results to confirm breast cancer and then delays for treatment after a diagnosis.
BCNA Director Policy, Advocacy and Support Services Vicki Durston said reports of these delays are deeply concerning.
BCNA is calling for transparency to know the extent of the problem, how many are affected and what the Queensland Government is doing to address the immediate situation.
‘We have been hearing from BCNA members about unacceptable waiting times to diagnose and treat breast cancer,’ Ms Durston said.
'This is critical and unacceptable – because cancer does not wait.’
‘It’s unbelievable that after 25 years of BCNA advocating for better access to care, treatment and support, we are in a situation where it is now being reported that people in Queensland are waiting months to get diagnosed and access to life saving treatment,’ Ms Durston.
'Without timely diagnosis and access to immediate treatment breast cancer may progress and people with early-stage disease may face a reduced option for cure.’
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Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is Australia’s leading breast cancer consumer organisation. BCNA provides information and support to those diagnosed and their supporters, opportunities to connect with others going through a similar situation and work to influence a stronger healthcare system to ensure all Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best care, treatment and support.