Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Kiwi women getting too many mastectomies

Kiwi women getting too many mastectomies, too few reconstructions

New Zealand’s rate of mastectomy operations is too high and breast reconstructions too low, says National’s Associate Health spokeswoman and former breast physician Dr Jackie Blue.

She says the preliminary results of a survey she is conducting are worrying.

“To date, eight DHBs have responded. Over the previous two-year period, which accounts for almost 2,000 women, the mastectomy rate is 55%, and of those women only 19% have had breast reconstructions.

“This is in stark contrast to a review of 1,500 women treated at an Auckland private breast clinic over a five-year period. Their mastectomy rate was 21% and their breast reconstruction rate was 70%.

“International reports confirm that with the advent of breast screening programmes, mastectomy rates should fall over time.

“The trend at Auckland District Health Board is the exact opposite. Their mastectomy rate has increased from 44% in 2001 to 59% this year.

“There are many reasons why women have mastectomy operations as opposed to breast conserving surgery, including the size of the cancer compared with the size of the breast, personal choice and surgical recommendation.

“But this climate of industrial unrest, radiation waiting time blowouts, and the threat of women having to leave their families for several weeks to get treatment in Australia will no doubt be having an impact.

“Women waiting for breast reconstruction operations were also a casualty of the waiting list culls earlier this year.

“Kiwi women are getting a raw deal and it’s just not good enough,” says Dr Blue.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news