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Stiff upper lip 'ups cancer risk'

Britain's "stiff upper lip" culture may explain why it lags behind other major nations when it comes to beating cancer, claim researchers. Brits' concern about not wasting doctors' time meant sufferers were less likely to be treated at an early stage

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How UK cancer survival compares with other countries

A study of differences in cancer survival between the UK and other high-income countries found:

  • For lung, breast, bowel and ovarian cancers diagnosed between 1995 and 2007, Australia, Canada, Sweden and Norway had the best survival rates.
  • Denmark and the UK had the lowest, despite all the countries having similarly good cancer registration systems and access to health care.
  • One year survival for people with lung cancer was 30% in the UK compared with 44% in Sweden.

Researchers surveyed 19,079 men and women aged 50 and older.

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