zondag 20 juni 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/29/england-lung-cancer-survival-rates

English patients have lower chance of surviving lung cancer, study shows

James Meikle guardian.co.uk, Thursday 29 April 2010

A study shows that survival lung cancer rates are lower in England than in Norway and Sweden despite there similar levels of health spending. Five years survival rates showed rigorous differences. English patents were less likely or delayed to be treated with surgery or drugs soon after being diagnosed and when they did the disease was often to far advanced. The authors said that the number of people getting lung cancer has descended since the 1970 and that the morbidity of smoking was higher in the UK than in Norway or Sweden. However we cannot exclude that difference in treatment play a role. The team compared these three countries because of the similarity in health spending and infrastructure and shows that in both woman and men England has the lowest survival rates. Sweden has the best survival rates which is shown in a remarkable difference in percentages.

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This article is very interesting to read. It is hard to believe that people who get lung cancer in EnglandNorway or Sweden. However the research could be questioned and maybe be not entirely accurate they do show a difference in treatment and the results of that difference. For me it is unacceptable that when you spend the same amount on health care people have more change to survive cancer in Sweden than in England. Now knowing these results we should learn from each other and improve healthcare to the level it should be. For those currently living in England and suffering from lung cancer I say; go to Sweden and get the treatment you deserve. have a lower survival change than people in

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