According to the Cancer Patient’s Rights Charter, breast cancer patients in the state sector in South Africa can wait up to eight months to receive confirmation of their diagnosis and up to nine months to start treatment.
The organisation is of the view that these delays mean thousands of cancer sufferers are diagnosed too late for cure and can then only be treated for pain until they die.
The charter calls for cancer patients to be afforded human rights in treatment and care.
The bleak insights were presented at the launch of the Cancer Alliance Patients Rights Charter, which was timed to coincide with Human Rights Day.
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