One in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime so this is a big deal and has to be a wake-up call for the NHS.
Bolton, UK (PRWEB UK) 10 December 2013
According to Sky News, research has shown that cancer patients in Britain and Ireland are far less likely to survive, when compared to those in other European countries (1). With questions raised over why the level of patient care in Britain compares so unfavourably, it is clear that action needs to be taken.
The new research indicates that Britain and Ireland have below average survival rates, for nine out of ten common cancers (1). As reported by Sky News, the figures also highlight that the prognosis for women with ovarian cancer is particularly bleak, with five- year survival rates lower than those of relatively poor countries in Eastern Europe.
Speaking on the findings, Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, made the following statement (1):
"This is truly depressing. One in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime so this is a big deal and has to be a wake-up call for the NHS.
"There is no reason why the UK should lag behind the rest of Europe when it comes to either certain cancers or survival rates for older cancer patients."
The results were gathered from the ‘Eurocare-5 Study’ which tracked the outcomes of more than nine million adults and children, in 29 countries, who were diagnosed with cancer between 2000 and 2007.
Considering the results, Asons Executive, Suzanne Yates –
“It is hard to understand why our survival rates are so poor – when as a country, we should have more resources and expertise to hand, than the poorer countries who have performed well in this study.
"At Asons Solicitors, we often see medical claims being made for cancer misdiagnosis compensation, where patients have only been diagnosed when their cancer has become too progressive to be treated effectively. Cases such as these, could be contributing to our poor survival rates.”
Hopes are, that recently introduced screening programmes, such as Public Health England’s ‘Be Clear on Cancer Campaign,’ should help alleviate any issues surrounding cancer misdiagnosis, or late diagnosis, ensuring that the public have a clear understanding of the early signs and symptoms of the disease (1).
In the event that someone has been subject to cancer misdiagnosis, you must seek legal advice as quickly as possible. Making a medical negligence claim can prevent the same situation from reoccurring, helping others to avoid injury in future.
If someone has suffered as a result of medical negligence, they may be able to make a claim for NHS compensation. Asons Solicitors deal with cancer misdiagnosis claims on a regular basis, you can contact them on: 0844 850 1062, or you can fill out their claim form at asons.co.uk
(1) Sky News, ‘Cancer Survival Rates Are 'Truly Depressing' (5/12/2013) news.sky.com/story/1177844/cancer-survival-rates-are-truly-depressing
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