‘Is it time Britons were colonized?’

The above question has been posed by a doctor, writing from Canada, in response to an online BMJ article which reports on Macmillan Cancer Relief’s call for the government to improve NHS support for colorectal cancer patients (Zosia Kmietowicz, ‘Charity says NHS must deal with “woeful lack of support” for colorectal cancer survivors’, BMJ 2015;351:h6976).

‘…patients, by and large, refuse to improve their dietary habits, refuse to remove themselves from the couch, refuse to stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Each of us is responsible for our outcomes and especially concerning colorectal cancer.’

I wonder if this judgement applies equally to doctors’ families who get cancer?



About bmitzi

Medical writer, author, artist. Cancer campaigner. Aiming always to improve health services and bring compassion into health care.
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