Healthcare

Delay in treatment of breast cancer

More than two weeks pass between diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in over half of Sweden’s counties, shows a new investigation from the Swedish Cancer Society. This is despite time being of crucial importance.

Although breast cancer is tested for, and results are given, within a short time frame, twelve of Sweden’s 21 counties do not start treatment within two weeks. Several take even longer, reports newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Dalarna, Gävleborg, Kalmar, Västernorrland, Västerbotten and parts of Västra Götaland take four to five weeks to begin treatment.

The Swedish Cancer Society wants those counties which take longer than two weeks to explain why this is the case and present proposals for how they plan to reduce the time to within two weeks.

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