Cancer prospects in the UK are still lagging behind other high-income countries, despite progress over the last 20 years, according to an important study.
Researchers compared death rates from seven different forms of the disease, including lung, ovary, and colon, among a handful of nations.
Australia topped the charts for five of the different cancers. Canada and Norway claimed the best five-year survival for the other two.
However, the UK is at the bottom of the rankings for all diseases, including the last death for stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas and lung.
This is despite the fact that the chances of survival in the UK have doubled between 1995 and 2014 for esophageal, lung and pancreatic cancer.
Australia topped the charts for five of the different cancers. Canada and Norway claimed the best five-year survival for the other two. However, the UK placed at the bottom of the rankings for all diseases, including the last for five, revealed the analysis
Researchers compared death rates from seven different forms of the disease, including lung, ovary and colon, among a handful of nations
Figures showed that 7.9 of UK patients would survive five years if they were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – up from 3.3 percent two decades ago.
The chances of surviving lung cancer increased from 7.2 to 14.7 percent in the same time frame and the percentage for esophageal cancer increased from 8.6 to 16.2 percent.
Survival rates also improved, but not so significantly for the other four forms of the disease – stomach, colon, rectum, and ovary.
The study, based on data from nearly four million cancer cases over the entire 20 years, was published in the medical journal Lancet Oncology.
In addition to the UK, Australia, Canada and Norway, data on the chances of survival were obtained from data from patients from Denmark, New Zealand and Ireland.
|Australia 23.5||Australia 32.8||Australia 70.8||Australia 70.8||Australia 14.6||Canada 21.7||Norway 46.2|
|Ireland 21.9||Canada 29.8||Canada 66.8||Denmark 69.1||Canada 11.1||Australia 21.4||Australia 43.2|
|Norway 19.4||Ireland 28.4||Denmark 65.7||Norway 68.8||Norway 9.9||Norway 20.4||Denmark 42.1|
|New Zealand 16.9||Norway 26.9||Norway 65.4||Canada 67.0||Denmark 9.6||Ireland 19.8||Canada 40.3|
|Canada 16.3||New Zealand 24.5||New Zealand 62.1||New Zealand 65.4||Ireland 9.6||Denmark 18.9||VK 37.1|
|VK 16.2||Denmark 22.6||Ireland 61.8||Ireland 62.4||New Zealand 8.2||New Zealand 15.5||New Zealand 36.3|
|Denmark 14.7||VK 20.8||United Kingdom 58.9||VK 62.1||VK 7.9||VK 14.7||Ireland 36|
The research funded by Cancer Research UK showed that Ireland and Denmark had the worst five-year survival rates for ovarian and esophageal cancer, respectively.
The analysis, which also found that the chances of survival in the UK had improved for one year, involved a team of researchers from all over the world.
The NHS struck back in the study and said that the chances of survival were never higher and that the report is based on & # 39; outdated & # 39; data.
STAFF MEMBERS IN THE NHS CAUSE THOUSANDS THAT MAY BE DIAGNIZED
More than 100,000 patients a year are diagnosed too late due to a shortage of NHS personnel, a report warned earlier this month.
One in ten diagnostic functions is vacant, making some hospitals unable to handle an increase in referrals.
It means that almost half of all patients are diagnosed when their cancer has spread, dramatically reducing their chances of survival.
Cancer Research UK, the charity behind the report, said more money needs to be spent recruiting oncologists and radiologists.
It said that thousands more would be needed if the government fulfilled its promise to diagnose three of the four cancer patients at an early stage by 2028.
The report said that 115,000 cases were noted at an advanced stage in 2017.
But if, for example, colon cancer is picked up at the earliest stage, more than nine in ten patients survive. If it is diagnosed very late, nine out of ten die.
Cancer Research UK clinical adviser, John Butler, who co-authored the study, said: & # 39; There is no specific reason why UK survival has improved.
& # 39; Over the past 20 years, we have seen improvements in cancer planning, the development of national strategies for cancer and the deployment of new diagnostic and treatment services.
& # 39; Especially for lung, ovarian and esophageal cancer, survival has strongly increased, because the quality of the procedures has improved radically and more operations are taking place than before.
& # 39; More people are being cared for by specialized teams, rather than surgeons who are not experts in that field.
& # 39; But while we are still investigating what we can do to close the survival gap between countries, we know that continued investments in early diagnosis and cancer care play a major role. & # 39;
Butler, a consultant surgeon at the Royal Marsden, added: & despite our changes, we have made slower progress than others. & # 39;
Sara Hiom, director of early diagnosis of Cancer Research UK, said: “More people than ever survive cancer thanks to research and targeted improvements in care.
& # 39; But while we are on the right track, the numbers show that we can certainly do better.
& # 39; We will not see the necessary improvements in diagnosis and access to treatment unless we have enough of the right staff in our NHS.
& # 39; Cancer Research UK has called for tackling staff shortages because it simply gives people a better chance of surviving their cancer.
& # 39; If we want to achieve world-class cancer results in the UK, we need to see similar investments in the NHS and in the systems and innovations that support it. & # 39;
She added: & # 39; It has never been a more crucial time for the government to put new money where it matters. & # 39;
An NHS spokesperson said: “This report is based on outdated data and in the five years since the study ends, cancer survival has reached a record high, thanks to improvements in NHS cancer services, including the introduction of revolutionary treatments such as proton beam therapy and immunotherapy.
& # 39; The NHS long-term plan will build on this progress by taking action to detect more cancers at the earliest possible stage when the chance of survival is greater, saving tens of thousands more lives each year. & # 39;
Data show that three-quarters of the NHS services cannot treat cancer patients fast enough.
In 85 percent of the cases, hospitals must start treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral from a doctor.
But 94 of the 131 cancer services in England did not do that in 2018-19 – compared to 36 five years ago, BBC analysis has found.
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