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Cancer survival rates in Britain lag behind almost ALL other comparable countries

Published on 31 January 2018 back to previous

Cancer survival rates in Britain lag behind virtually all comparable countries, the biggest ever international comparison has shown.

The study published today in the Lancet analyses population and mortality data covering two thirds of the world’s population and almost all developed countries.

It included data on the 3.7 million Brits diagnosed with cancer since 2000 and found that while survival rates are improving almost everywhere, the UK is failing to catch other developed nations.

Britain lags far behind for brain, stomach and blood cancers such as leukaemia.

The UK comes bottom when compared to other large EU nations when it comes to the chances of surviving the three most common cancers of the prostate, pancreas and lungs.

The release of the CONCORD-3 report comes a week after Dame Tessa Jowell had Lords in tears when highlighting the UK’s shocking underfunding of brain cancer and discussing her own terminal diagnosis.

It looked at 72,000 Brits diagnosed with brain cancer between 2000-2014 and found they now have just a 26.3% chance of surviving the disease for more than five years.

This is less than countries such as Germany at 29.6 per cent, Ireland at 34.5 per cent, Turkey at 35.6%, Puerto Rico at 36.3per cent, the USA at 36.5 per cent, Denmark at 38.9 per cent and Croatia at 42.2 per cent.

In the UK neurological cancers receive only 2 per cent of research monies and have had no new vital drugs for the past 50 years.

When compared to the 27 other EU countries for survival rates Britain came 14th for blood cancers and breast cancer, 16th for prostate cancer, 20th for pancreatic cancer, 21st for brain cancers and lung cancer, and 24th for stomach cancer.

Co-author Prof Michel Coleman, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “If you look at similar European countries the proportion of GDP the UK has spent on health in the last 10 to 15 years is low and has increased less than the others.

“This difference between the likes of Germany and France is likely to explain some of what we are seeing.

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