UK has some of the worst survival rates for cancer in Europeby Editorial Staff - 2017.07.18
The UK is trailing behind the likes of Romania, Latvia and Greece when it comes to diagnosing and treating cancer, research suggests. With the exception of a type of skin cancer known as melanoma, the average adult five-year survival rates for patients diagnosed with nine other types of cancer between 2000 and 2007, were lower in the UK than the European average. While the five-year survival rates for colon cancer hit 58% on average across Europe, the figure for the UK was 52%. According to the research lead by the Swedish Institute for Health Economics, only Bulgaria has worse survival rates than the UK for lung cancer. And only Iceland has worse survival rates for pancreatic cancer. The report is the latest to highlight the problem, with experts flagging the need for earlier diagnosis and improved access to treatments.
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