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Cancer survival rates continue to rise in the Netherlands

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7301.1509/c (Published 23 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1509
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Survival rates for patients with cancer continued to improve substantially throughout the 1990s despite expectations that they would level off, according to a Dutch study analysing cancer registration data since the 1950s.

    The Comprehensive Cancer Centre South, in Eindhoven, has data on 200000 patients with cancer dating back 45 years covering the south east of the Netherlands. The data show a strong trend of increasing survival rates at five years compared with both the 1960s and the 1980s.

    Patients aged 15–44 years had a 73% chance of surviving five …

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