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Differences in cancer survival rates are revealed.

GLARING gaps in cancer survival between the UK and other developed countries have been exposed in a major study.

The research, part-funded by the Department of Health, suggests that thousands of people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are dying prematurely from common cancers each year.

In some cases survival rates in the UK countries were more than 10% lower than those elsewhere in Europe, Australia and Canada.

The study authors, including the Government's cancer "tsar" Professor Sir Michael Richards, said the findings were consistent with differences in time of diagnosis and treatment. A more detailed examination of why survival rates differ between countries will be the subject of future research by the same group, the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 22, 2010
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