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Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs – including Bondi and Waverley – has an unusually high rate of colonoscopies (bowel-cancer examinations), more than double the national average.

This is part of an “atlas” of the nation’s health put out by a Federal body monitoring safety and quality in medicine across Australia, reported in the SMH..

It said that patients living in the Eastern Suburbs had 30 times as many colonoscopies than in some other areas of Sydney, adding that the procedure “is believe to be” overused.

But Bondi wasn’t as bad as Mosman where tonsils are concerned. People in that up-market part of Sydney were six times more likely to have their tonsils out, while women in Lake Macquarie were five times more likely to have hysterectomies.

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