Good to see a recent study has placed Britain a relatively low 22nd place on the world table of worst cancer rates. The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) a Londonbased charity compiled the information based on World Health Organisation data.
In case you’re wondering Denmark were top of the league no country would want to top with our neighbours Ireland in second place. Professor Mike Richards the government’s cancer advisor attributed Britain’s good showing in the standings to the country’s attempts to tackle the tobacco epidemic relatively early (fewer than one third of all cancer deaths were caused by smoking; previously it had been around half a big improvement there).
Good Position In Table Attributed To Tackling Of Smoking Problem
Around 10 million adults in the UK are currently smokers: 22% of men and 21% of women compared with 51% of men and 41% of women in 1974. Initiatives to discourage people from smoking seem to be working which can only be a good thing.
However according to a study published in the Lancet Medical Journal UK is still lagging behind similarly affluent countries in terms of survival. Individuals in England Wales and Northern Ireland have much less chance of surviving with the disease for more than five years than their counterparts in say Australia Canada and Sweden.
Early Detection key In Surviving Cancer
Early detection which health experts attribute as a key factor in surviving cancer needs to be improved. 450 million pounds of government money has recently been earmarked to fund better access to cancer screening yet a lot more may be required if we are to improve survival rates.
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