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Cancer survival in England still lags behind similar countries, study shows

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4246 (Published 05 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4246
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Survival among patients in England with a range of cancers has improved steadily over the past few years but remains lower than in other countries with similar healthcare systems, a new study shows.

The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer,1 used national, population based cancer registrations to estimate the net survival among 1.9 million patients with breast, colon, rectum, lung, stomach, or ovarian cancer in England who were diagnosed from 1995 to 2012.

The researchers then compared the trends in survival from 1995 to 2009 with estimates …

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