Young Kiwi cancer sufferers dying at much higher rate than those overseas - study

A new study has found the survival rates of young New Zealanders suffering from cancer are falling well short of international survival rates.

Many more young New Zealanders are dying than their counterparts in Australia and the UK.

The recent study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal has found our youth cancer survival rates are dramatically lower than overseas. 

For those aged between 15 and 29 years old, the five-year survival rate for bone tumour patients is just 46 per cent, 20 per cent lower than in Australia. 

And breast cancer cases are not much better, with just 64 per cent survival compared to 80 per cent in the United States and Germany. 

"The two things we feel are important, are delayed diagnosis - GPs don't think of the diagnosis of cancer when they see someone in their twenties - and secondly the lack of the clinical trials that are offered to these patients," said Dr Ruth Spearing, the study's co-author.

"Obviously a diagnosis of cancer for anybody is horrendous. But for somebody who is at that adolescent stage it really is very, very stressful," she said. 

Dr Spearing says access to cutting edge international treatments is crucial. 

"We need to work with the ministry to see how it can be easier for DHBs to take part in clinical trials," she said.

Many more NZ youngsters are dying than in Australia and the UK, a new study has found. Source: 1 NEWS



Woman, 86, dies in two-vehicle crash in Alexandra

An 86-year-old woman died after a two-vehicle crash in Alexandra, Central Otago, this afternoon.

Police say the crash between a Mini and a Nissan 4X4 happened at the intersection of Clutha Road and Ventry Road, just before 12.50pm.

The woman was transported to Dunstan Hospital, but died there from her injuries, said Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk of Alexandra Police.

He said police are forming a good picture of what happened, thanks to witnesses, and are satisfied neither speed nor alcohol were involved.

The driver of the second car was uninjured, but understandably shaken, Mr Kerrisk said.

Police and Victim Support are working alongside both families involved. 

Anyone with information on what happened, who has not yet spoken to police, is asked to call Alexandra Police.

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Auckland Southern Motorway lanes cleared after two crashes but drivers warned of long delays

The scenes of two separate crashes that blocked lanes on Auckland’s Southern Motorway in both directions during the afternoon peak hour have been cleared, but motorists are still being warned of significant delays.

The first crash, involving six vehicles, was reported about 3.45pm and blocked two of the three southbound lanes of the motorway after the Penrose overbridge. No major injuries have been reported. 

NZTA says motorists should still expect long delays from the CBD southbound and should consider delaying their journey.

The agency asks motorists to consider using SH16/20 via the Waterview Tunnel to go south. 

Northbound is also congested from Princes St to Penrose due motorists rubbernecking, NZTA said.

The second crash, reported at 4.45pm, partly blocked the motorway's right lane northbound at Market Rd, north of the scene of the Penrose crash. 

NZTA has asked motorists to be patient in the area this evening.