5-Yr. Cancer Survival Rates: US Dominates Europe
Based upon period survival data for 2000-02 from 47 European cancer registries, 5-year survival rates were found to be higher in the U.S. than in a European composite for cancer at all major sites (see table above, click to enlarge). For men (all sites combined), 47.3% of Europeans survived 5 years, compared to 66.3% of Americans. For women, the contrast was 55.8% vs. 62.9%. The male survival difference was much greater than the female primarily because of the very large difference in survival rates from prostate cancer.
Thus, the US appears to screen more vigorously for cancer than Europe and people in the US who are diagnosed with cancer have higher 5-year survival probabilities.
From a new NBER working paper "Low Life Expectancy in the United States: Is the Health Care System at Fault?" (abstract here and full paper here), by Univ. of Pennsylvania professors Samuel Preston and Jessica Ho.
Thanks to Lee Coppock who pointed me to Marginal Revolution.
Originally posted at Carpe Diem.