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Cancer survival in the UK improving, but lagging behind

Cancer survival in the UK is on the up, but is still lagging behind other high-income countries, analysis suggests.

Five-year survival rates for rectal and colon cancer improved the most since 1995, and pancreatic cancer the least. Advances in treatment and surgery are thought to be behind the UK's progress.

But the UK still performed worse than Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway, the study in Lancet Oncology found. Cancer Research UK said the UK could do better and called for more "investment in the NHS and the systems and innovations that support it".

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Source: BBC News, 12 September 2019


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