UK cancer survival rates ‘lag behind Europe’ for nine of the ten most common forms
Britain’s survival rates for nine of the ten most common forms of cancer lag behind the European averages, a major study has shown.
The Eurocare-5 study, which looked at five year survival rates from more nine million cancer patients from 29 European countries, revealed that the UK is below average for cancers including lung, breast and prostate cancer.
In findings described by Macmillan Cancer Support as “truly depressing”, Britain achieved higher than average rates for just one form of cancer, melanoma, which had a 85.6 per cent survival rate compared to a European mean average of 83.2 per cent.
The UK and Ireland also had the lowest survival rates for patients in their seventies and eighties. The findings were published in The Lancet Oncology.
Ciaran Devane, Macmillan’s chief executive the figures were a “wake-up call” for the NHS.
“One in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime so this is a big deal…There is no reason why the UK should lag behind the rest of Europe when it comes to either certain cancers or survival rates for older cancer patients.”
The figures refer to patients who began receiving treatment for cancer between 2000 and 2007. Sweden, Norway and Finland had the best survival rates. The worst performing countries included former Soviet bloc nations including Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovakia.
Life & Style blogs
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
Ice Bucket Challenge: ALS Association doesn't yet know what to do with all of the money raised
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?
The best gowns on the red carpet of 2014 Venice Film Festival
Postpartum psychosis: How Jessica Pidsley was driven to the edge by the rare illness
- 1 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 2 Joan Rivers: 'Palestinians deserve to be dead'
- 3 Daily Show's Jon Stewart destroys Fox News for its Ferguson coverage
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 Botched ice bucket challenge leaves man critically injured after plane drops hundreds of gallons of water
- < Previous
- Next >
£20000 - £30000 per annum + OTE £40-50K first year: SThree: The SThree group i...
£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Primary teachers need...
£30000 - £38500 Per Annum + 25 days holiday, pension, subsidised restaurant: C...
£21500 - £40000 per annum: Randstad Education Plymouth: Randstad Education Ltd...