November 21, 2008

Cancer deaths higher in Britain than EU

A British study suggests as many as 11,000 people in Britain die of unnecessarily of cancer each year because it takes too long for them to be diagnosed.

Cancer Research UK said cancer survival rates are lower in Britain than in some other European countries because of patients wait too long to see a doctor and doctors wait too long to refer the patients for treatment.

The report, presented Friday at the group's launch of the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative, compared survival rates in Britain and 13 other European countries.

Sadly, we know that many cases of cancer are being diagnosed too late in Britain and this is a major reason for our poor survival rates, lead researcher Michel Coleman told the newspaper. Our research suggests that if we could make further improvements in this area we could save thousands more lives each year.