Behandling mot prostatacancer. Foto: East Valley Tribune, Paul O'Neill /TT.
222 days from referral to surgery. Photo: East Valley Tribune, Paul O'Neill /TT.

Long wait for prostate cancer patients

Men in Stockholm who are diagnosed with prostate cancer have to wait more than twice as long for treatment compared to men in Blekinge.

Every year, 9,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Treatment wait times are often longer than for other types of cancer, something that can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for the patient.

The wait time depends on where in Sweden you live. Patients in Stockholm had to wait on average 222 days from the time of referral to the time of surgery. In Blekinge, patients had to wait on average 110 days, Radio P4 Västmanland reports.

Marianne Hanning, with the National Board of Health and Welfare, says differences this big are not reasonable.

"We should have an equal health care system."

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