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Cancer action 10-year plan should only be a 'start'

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Paul Ryder considers himself lucky to be alive.

The 68-year-old Timaru man was diagnosed with cancer in his vocal cords in 2017, but with treatment the disease went into remission and finally subsided.

He says the New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019–2029, announced by the Government on Sunday, should only be a start in the fight against the disease as much more than the allotted extra $60 million was needed to find a cure, and more radiation treatment centres would prevent stress due to travelling long distances.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/115474256/cancer-action-10year-plan-should-only-be-a-start

 

Member Malcolm Mulhollance Launches a Petition to Review Pharmac.

Malcolm is a member of the Head and Neck Cancer community. He is leading Patient Voice Aotearoa to fund more medicines for those of us who are affected by cancer, and other diseases. He has launched a petition to review Pharmac and significantly increase funding for medicines. You can read his reasons for the petition below together with a link to sign. If you are interested in following the progress of Patient Voice Aotearoa as it represents New Zealanders health vote by joining the Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2336987913250472/

Petition reason

We think there are issues involving Pharmac and how they fund medicines - Pharmac does not adopt international guidelines; it does not set a timeframe by which it will be decided if a medicine is efficacious and another timeframe when it will endeavour to fund a medicine if it is deemed to be efficacious; it needs to establish a rapid access scheme; and the budget needs to be increased as its budget is just over 5% of the Vote Health budget in comparison with the OECD average of 16%.

We think there are issues involving Pharmac and how they fund medicines - Pharmac does not adopt international guidelines; it does not set a timeframe by which it will be decided if a medicine is efficacious and another timeframe when it will endeavour to fund a medicine if it is deemed to be efficacious; it needs to establish a rapid access scheme; and the budget needs to be increased as its budget is just over 5% of the Vote Health budget in comparison with the OECD average of 16%.

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_91080/petition-of-malcolm-mulholland-for-patient-voice-aotearoa

What are the early signs of oral cancer?

Symptoms of oral cancer include difficulty chewing, lumps and sores, and white or red patches in the mouth. Early detection and treatment of oral cancer can help prevent the cancer from developing further or spreading to other areas.

Oral cancer is caused by the uncontrolled growth and reproduction of cells in some regions of the mouth. It can occur inside the cheeks, under the middle and front of the tongue, or on the tissue lining of the mouth or gum.

There are about 49,700 new cases of oral cancer each year in the United States, which accounts for around 3 percent of all cancer diagnoses. More men than women receive a diagnosis of oral cancer.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322575.php

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