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Cancer survival rates in the UK still lag behind other high-income nations despite progress in the last 20 years, a major study has found.
Researchers compared death rates from seven different forms of the disease, including lung, ovary and colon, between a handful of nations.
Australia - Charts - Cancers - Canada - Norway
Australia topped the charts for five of the different cancers. Canada and Norway claimed the best five-year survival rates for the other two.
However, the UK placed near the bottom of the league table for all of the diseases, including dead last for stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas and lung.
Rates - UK - Oesophagus - Lung - Cancer
This is despite survival rates having doubled across the UK for oesophagus, lung and pancreas cancer between 1995 and 2014.
Figures showed 7.9 of patients in the UK would survive five years if they were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – up from 3.3 per cent two decades ago.
Odds - Lung - Cancer - Cent - Time
The odds of surviving lung cancer jumped from 7.2 to 14.7 per cent in the same time frame and the rate for oesophagus cancer rose from 8.6 to 16.2 per cent.
Survival rates also improved but not as significantly for the other four forms of the disease – stomach, colon, rectum and ovary.
Study - Data - Cancer - Cases - Years
The study, based on data from nearly four million cancer cases spanning the entire 20 years, was published in the medical journal Lancet Oncology.
As well as the UK, Australia, Canada and Norway, survival rate data was taken from records of patients from Denmark, New Zealand and Ireland.
Cancer - Research - UK-funded - Study - Ireland
The Cancer Research UK-funded study found Ireland and Denmark had the worst five-year survival rates for ovarian and oesophageal cancer, respectively.
The analysis, which also found one-year survival rates improved in the UK, involved a team of researchers from all corners of the world.
NHS - Study - Survival - Rates - Report
The NHS hit back at the study, saying survival rates have never been higher and said the report is based on 'out of date' data.
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