US Cancer Survival Rate Among the Highest in the World
It appears that the best place to be for cancer care is the US -- you know, the country with the a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20228552/"42nd lowest life expectancy./a All the media does is tout universal healthcare like that in the UK as something for the US to aspire to--but given the lower rates of cancer survival there, maybe that is not such wise advice. Take a look at a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/08/21/ncancer121.xml"this study/a on the poor cancer survival rates in the UK and the high ones in the US (Hat tip: a href="http://timworstall.typepad.com/timworstall/2007/08/cancer-survival.html"Tim Worstall/a via a href="http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/6068-Weds.-Morning-Links.html"Maggie's Farm/a):br /br /blockquoteCancer survival rates in Britain are among the lowest in Europe, according to the most comprehensive analysis of the issue yet produced....br /br /England is on a par with Poland despite the NHS spending three times more on health care.br /br /Survival rates are based on the number of patients who are alive five years after diagnosis and researchers found that, for women, England was the fifth worst in a league of 22 countries. Scotland came bottom. Cancer experts blamed late diagnosis and long waiting lists./blockquotebr /br /The US is tops in cancer survival; I would think this analysis would be big news but I have yet to see a positive headline in a US newspaper. Am I missing something?
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