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New data on cancer survival in Europe show more patients are cured
Date:3/23/2009

the latest data from EUROCARE-4. "EUROCARE-4 provides essential information on the pattern of survival of cancer patients across Europe. Without this information it would be impossible to assess whether improvements in cancer diagnosis, treatment and care are actually having an effect on the outcome for patients. It also tells us what cancers and which areas of Europe need to be targeted for further research and investment.

"The good news is that, for most cancers, survival has increased during the 1980s and 1990s. There were big differences between countries; however, most of the largest increases in survival have occurred in countries where survival was low at first, and this has contributed to a reduction in the disparities in survival across Europe.

"Europe is changing, with more countries joining the EU, and cancer medicine is also changing and improving. This means that more people have higher expectations of the medical profession. We must do our best to meet these expectations and help both patients and colleagues by disseminating information about better diagnostics, treatments and cures as widely as possible across the whole of Europe, and, indeed, the world. This will be achieved by collaboration and communication, and future EUROCARE studies will, no doubt, chart how successful we have been. Cancer registries play a vital role here, and I would urge all countries to protect and develop them so that information on cancer incidence and survival becomes ever more accurate."


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ECCO-the European CanCer Organisation
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