Survival

Cancer survival is improving across the whole of Europe. Although wealthier countries tend to have better survival rates, the UK is among the worst 10 countries for cancer survival in Europe.

When comparing the UK five-year survival rates for common cancers against the European mean, the UK lags behind in all cancers except for melanoma skin cancer.

EUROCARE, database 5, 2014. Available at http://www.eurocare.it/Database/tabid/77/Default.aspx
EUROCARE, Data and methods, 2014. Available at https://w3.iss.it/site/EU5Results/docs/Documentation_on_data_and_methods.pdf

Note: The value shown for EURO4 on all charts is the average of France, Germany, Italy and Spain

EUROCARE, database 5, 2014. Available at http://www.eurocare.it/Database/tabid/77/Default.aspx
EUROCARE, Data and methods, 2014. Available at https://w3.iss.it/site/EU5Results/docs/Documentation_on_data_and_methods.pdf

Lung cancer: The chances of survival for UK patients with lung cancer at five years after diagnosis are 4% lower than the European average. The UK currently has the lowest five-year survival rate for lung cancer in comparison to the other EURO5 countries and one of the lowest in comparison to all European countries.

EUROCARE, database 5, 2014. Available at http://www.eurocare.it/Database/tabid/77/Default.aspx
EUROCARE, Data and methods, 2014. Available at https://w3.iss.it/site/EU5Results/docs/Documentation_on_data_and_methods.pdf

Breast cancer: The UK five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 82%, slightly lower than the European average of 83.7%. The UK currently has the lowest five-year survival rate for breast cancer in comparison to all other EURO5 countries.

EUROCARE, database 5, 2014. Available at http://www.eurocare.it/Database/tabid/77/Default.aspx
EUROCARE, Data and methods, 2014. Available at https://w3.iss.it/site/EU5Results/docs/Documentation_on_data_and_methods.pdf

Bowel cancer: The bowel cancer five-year survival rate in the UK is around 4% lower than the European average of 55%. In comparison to the other EURO5 countries, the UK has the worst survival rate for this type of cancer.

EUROCARE, database 5, 2014. Available at http://www.eurocare.it/Database/tabid/77/Default.aspx
EUROCARE, Data and methods, 2014. Available at https://w3.iss.it/site/EU5Results/docs/Documentation_on_data_and_methods.pdf

Prostate cancer: The five-year survival rate for prostate cancer in the UK is markedly lower than in Europe. While the European average five-year survival rate for this type of cancer is 84%, the UKs is 78%. In comparison to the other EURO5 countries, the UK has the worst survival rate for this type of cancer.

EUROCARE, database 5, 2014. Available at http://www.eurocare.it/Database/tabid/77/Default.aspx
EUROCARE, Data and methods, 2014. Available at https://w3.iss.it/site/EU5Results/docs/Documentation_on_data_and_methods.pdf

Pancreatic cancer: The UK five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is particularly low, making the UK the second worst performing country in Europe after Iceland. In the UK, only 3% of patients with pancreatic cancer survive five years after diagnosis, while in Europe it is almost 6% on average.

EUROCARE, database 5, 2014. Available at http://www.eurocare.it/Database/tabid/77/Default.aspx
EUROCARE, Data and methods, 2014. Available at https://w3.iss.it/site/EU5Results/docs/Documentation_on_data_and_methods.pdf

Ovarian cancer: The UK five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is the lowest in Europe at 34%. It is 6% lower than the European average and 13% lower than Portugal, which has the best five-year survival rate for this cancer.

EUROCARE, database 5, 2014. Available at http://www.eurocare.it/Database/tabid/77/Default.aspx
EUROCARE, Data and methods, 2014. Available at https://w3.iss.it/site/EU5Results/docs/Documentation_on_data_and_methods.pdf

Melanoma skin cancer: The melanoma skin cancer five-year survival rate in the UK is about 4% higher than the European average of 82.7%. When compared to the other EURO5 countries, the UK five-year survival rate for this cancer is very similar to that of France and it is slightly lower than that of Germany.

EUROCARE, database 5, 2014. Available at http://www.eurocare.it/Database/tabid/77/Default.aspx
EUROCARE, Data and methods, 2014. Available at https://w3.iss.it/site/EU5Results/docs/Documentation_on_data_and_methods.pdf

Leukaemia: For Leukaemia, the UK five-year survival rate is 1.5% higher than the European average. Despite this, the UK five-year survival rate in comparison to the other EURO5 countries is still behind that of France and Germany.

EUROCARE, database 5, 2014. Available at http://www.eurocare.it/Database/tabid/77/Default.aspx
EUROCARE, Data and methods, 2014. Available at https://w3.iss.it/site/EU5Results/docs/Documentation_on_data_and_methods.pdf

Hodgkin's lymphoma: The UK five-year survival rate for Hodgkin's lymphoma is 3.7% lower than the European average. The UK five-year survival rate for this cancer is the lowest among the EURO5 countries.

EUROCARE, database 5, 2014. Available at http://www.eurocare.it/Database/tabid/77/Default.aspx
EUROCARE, Data and methods, 2014. Available at https://w3.iss.it/site/EU5Results/docs/Documentation_on_data_and_methods.pdf

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: For Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the UK five-year survival rate is 2% lower than the European average of 59.8% and it is the lowest five-year survival rate for this cancer among the EURO5 countries.