‘Burden of cancer’ increasing as UK trails behind Europe in cancer care

A new report published today shows that the UK is trailing behind the rest of Europe in the treatment of cancer | ABPI

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British patients have worse survival rates after five years – the international benchmark for measuring the quality of cancer care – compared to the European average in nine out of ten cancers – only exceeding the EU average in melanoma.

​​​​​​​​​​​​Despite the increasing burden of cancer on society, the UK spends over 20 per cent less per person on cancer than the top five EU economies; 20 per cent less of its total health budget on cancer than the rest of the EU; and 10 per cent less of its GDP on healthcare than the rest of the EU.

On cancer survival:

  • UK cancer survival rates lag behind the European average in 9 out of 10 cancers
  • If the UK achieved the cancer survival rates of Germany, over 35,000 more people would be alive five years after diagnosis.
  • The UK has the worst survival outcomes across Europe for ovarian cancer. The UK’s Ovarian cancer survival rate is 34.0% of patients surviving for five years or more. European average is 40.8%​
  • The UK has the second worst survival rates for lung cancer – 8 per cent of patients surviving more than five years (ahead only of Bulgaria – 7 per cent). European average is 12.62 per cent.​
  • The UK has the second worst survival rates for pancreatic cancer – 3 per cent of patients surviving more than five years (ahead only of Iceland – 2.56 per cent) European average is 5.84 per cent.​
  • If the UK had the mortality rates of France, more than 100,000 women’s deaths could be prevented over the next ten years.

View the full report here

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