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#Time4Change: Hungary

Published on 13 March 2018 back to previous

Hungary has one of the highest rates of incidence of colorectal cancer in the world, third behind only South Korea and Slovakia.1 It is the third leading of cause of death in the country after ischaemic heart disease and stroke.2

Until 2017, a national colorectal cancer screening programme has been notably absent, due to several reasons, including lack of consensus on the preferred methods for colorectal screening; a shortage of health professionals, and lack of available funds for equipment.  However, a nationwide screening programme for colorectal cancer has been formally agreed.

Still a lot of work to do

“Early detection is still the biggest challenge in Hungary and the screening programme is still not fully financed,” said Dr. Anna Horvath from the Oncology Center of the Semmelweis University, Budapest. “We desperately need screening to be more systematic. At the moment, we are seeing patients with advanced or metastatic colorectal cancer at the first visit. 

There are also other organisational issues, such as patients having to wait a long time for the pathology results. We need more clinicians and a more efficient system, which requires additional funding. Finally, the support that patients receive after the successful treatment, especially those patients with stoma, could be improved.”

In Hungary, it is certainly #Time4Change.

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