A recent study published in the 'Lancet Oncology' has found that survival rates for adults with cancer of the colon, ovary and kidney are lower in Ireland than the European average, a major study has revealed.
Despite these findings, survivasl rates for breast, rectum, melanoma,lymphomas and prostate are higher than the European average.
The study notes thats survival rates vary widely between European countries. The study assessed nine million adults and 60,415 children and their survival rates from the year 2000 to 2007.
Study co-leader Dr Roberta De Angelis reported:
"The good news is that the number of adults surviving for at least five years after diagnosis has risen steadily over time in all European region. But there continues to be big disparities between countries, and international survival differences are narrowing for only a few cancers such as breast, rectum, prostate, and melanoma of the skin."
Nordic countries – with the exception of Denmark – and central European countries such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands have the best survival rates.
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