Cancer survival in Europe strongly associated with government spend on health care

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Published: 28 Sep 2013
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Dr Felipe Ades - Institut Jules Bordet, Brussels, Belgium

Dr Felipe Ades presents findings at ECC 2013 during a press conference on survival after cancer diagnosis in Europe.

The more an EU (European Union) national government spends on health, the fewer the deaths after a cancer diagnosis in that country, according to new research presented to the 2013 European Cancer Congress (ECC2013) and published simultaneously in Annals of Oncology.

Researchers will tell the meeting that higher wealth and higher health expenditure are strongly associated both with increased cancer incidence and decreased cancer mortality.

In the case of breast cancer, increased health expenditure appears to be even more strongly associated with better outcomes.

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