UK has lowest survival rate for five types of cancerIvy Madziva
UK has lowest survival rate for five types of cancer.
Cancer Research UK says the differences were partly explained by speed of diagnosis and access to effective treatment.
The UK has the lowest survival rates for five of seven key cancers among some of the world’s richest nations.
Although survival rates are improving, the UK came bottom of the table for bowel, lung, pancreatic, stomach and rectal cancer.
Cancer Research UK analysed 3.9 million cancer cases between 1995 and 2014 in seven comparable high-income countries with universal healthcare (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and the UK).
Only for oesophagus and ovary cancer did UK do better than some of the other countries.
The authors of the study said the differences between the countries was partly explained by how quickly patients get a diagnosis and then prompt access to effective treatment.