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Half of women survive cancer – Telegraph

A Europe wide study into cancer survival “…It was carried out on 49 registers containing 13.5 million cancer patients diagnosed between 1988 and 1999..” come up with interesting data.  I wonder why though why survival rates for men (40,000 men and 60,000 women) are significantly lower than for women. This may indeed be due to late diagnosis and clearly more needs to be done on cancer awareness and early diagnosis;

The analysis indicated that 67.4 per cent of women with breast cancer and 39.9 per cent of patients with colorectal cancer were “cured” in England, along with 12.4 per cent of stomach cancer patients and 44 per cent of those with prostate cancer.

Experts said many cancers were now treatable but success rates varied according to how much health services spent on treatment and how early patients were diagnosed. The chances of successfully treating the disease were greatly increased if it was caught early.

Despite considerable success in improving NHS cancer services, the research, which is published today in a special issue of the European Journal of Cancer, showed that England still ranked behind other European nations.

Prof Mike Richards, the national director for cancer services, said: “This shows that a lot of people with cancer are cured and that is very important and that is good news. Perhaps the even better news is that we can undoubtedly do better.

“We are seeing that people in general can be cured of their condition. The main difference between ourselves and other countries now is related to late diagnosis and that is why it is so important to raise awareness and knowledge of the symptoms but also get across the benefits of early diagnosis. That is the best way to improve the chances of a cure. If we can do that, we can be among the best in Europe.”

I hope something can be done to keep on spreading the message of the threat to our lives that cancer is and people need to understand early diagnosis is essential; it is possible to defeat cancer; if something seems unusual get to your GP and ask for an appropriate test; my concern is that men and women should be alert to cancer; for more see the link below;

Half of women survive cancer – Telegraph.

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