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Cancer survival rates warning

Britain's cancer survival rates are lagging behind the rest of Europe and other major economies, with just Poland and Ireland faring worse in some strains of the disease, an international health study has revealed.

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UK 'lagging behind' Europe on cancer survival rates

Research into cancer survival rates found that only the Czech Republic, Poland and Denmark had worse rates for surviving bowel cancer than Britain while cervical cancer rates were worse in only Ireland and Poland, the Health at a Glance 2013 study found.

Here is a breakdown of the study's findings:

  • Britain also had higher rates of infant death than most other countries, the Health at a Glance 2013 study found.
  • It recorded 4.3 deaths out of every 1,000 births compared with the OECD average of 4.1.
  • Researchers also found that more than 40 per cent of 15 year olds in the UK have been drunk more than twice and it was one of four countries where more girls than boys reported drunkenness.

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