New Zealand doing okay in cancer survival: Results from the largest ever cross-national comparison of cancer survival

Friday, March 6th, 2015 | Kate Sloane | No Comments

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Professor Tony Blakely, Dr Matt Soeberg and Associate Professor Diana Sarfati

Cancer survival estimates for 67 countries have recently been published for 10 cancer sites, in an exhaustive and thorough combined analysis (CONCORD-2). Never before has such a comparable set of survival estimates been available. And New Zealand does okay – not top of the list, but okay. We are usually worse than the country we love (or hate?) to compare ourselves with, Australia. Conversely, we are usually better than the UK – a wealthier country with presumably more healthcare resources at its disposable. This global study puts in context recent specific New Zealand-Australian comparisons – yes, New Zealand could do better but neither is it doing too badly.

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