Ben Fordham calls on Premier to fund rapid screening cancer clinics
Ben Fordham is calling on the state government to fund more clinics that can rapidly diagnose cancer patients.
The new rapid screening access clinic was opened just a month ago at Prince of Wales Hospital to help detect head and neck cancer in its early stages.
Ben is a passionate advocate of the cause. His father John started the Head and Neck Cancer Foundation as he fights his own battle with the disease.
In the new clinic, partially funded by the Head and Neck Cancer Foundation, a full examination only takes 20 to 30 minutes.
In diagnosing people in the early stages of cancer, it can also save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in later-stage treatment.
In just one month, the clinic has seen 33 patients and has already detected several early cases of the cancer.
Dr Cath Mellor tells Ben the clinic saves crucial time as patients don’t have to beg for a referral or wait for a specialist to see them.
“We’ve already picked up four early-stage cancers. Every single one of those patients either has had or is undergoing treatment now for their cancer.”
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Ben is calling on the Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard to fund more of these clinics in order to detect cancers in their early stages.
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