US Cancer Survival Rates are Highest in the World
Michael Moore, listen up! There is new evidence from the largest-ever international study of cancer survival rates showing that cancer patients live longer in the United States than anywhere else in the world (see chart above).
According to the survey of cancer survival rates in Europe and the United States, published recently in Lancet Oncology:
1. American women have a 63% chance of living at least five years after a cancer diagnosis, compared to 56% for European women and 53% for British women.
2. American men have a five-year survival rate of 66% compared to only 47 percent for European men and 45% for British men.
3. These figures reflect the care available to all Americans, not just those with private health coverage.
4. Great Britain, known for its 50-year-old government-run, universal health care system -the National Health Service - (portrayed extremely favorably in Michael Moore's movie "Sicko") fares even worse than the European averages, and far below U.S. averages (see chart above).
5. Despite the large number of uninsured, cancer patients in the United States are most likely to be screened regularly, and once diagnosed, have the fastest access to treatment.