Tuesday, December 4, 2007

UK 'among Europe's worst' for cancer funding

By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor Last Updated: 12:25am GMT 04/12/2007

The UK is lagging behind "nearly every other" European country when it comes to investment in cancer services and has some of the poorest survival rates for the disease.
The Government came under fire yesterday after its wide-ranging report into cancer services revealed its woeful under-investment in tackling the problem compared to other Western countries.
In England, just £80 per head of population is spent on cancer compared to £121 per head in France and £143 per head in Germany. Just 5.6 per cent of the total health budget is spent on cancer compared to 7.7 per cent in France, 9.2 per cent in the United States and 9.6 per cent in Germany.


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