Canada boasted the highest 5year survival rate of 89.6% for breast cancer, 76.4% for colon cancer, 54.4% for ovarian cancer and 42.1% for lung cancer, according to the report from the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership published on Wednesday in the medical journal The Lancet.
More than 2.4 million cancer patients were part of the analysis. The study looked at 1year and 5year survival rates for ovarian, lung, breast and colorectal cancer in Canada, Australia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom. Australia and Sweden were the other countries with high survival rates among the studied nations. While Denmark and Norway were in the bottom half in most categories. Except for one form of cancer, U.K. reported the lowest survival rate in all.
National director for cancer at England's department of health and one of the 80 members of the International Benchmarking Partnership, Sir Mike Richards said, "Cancer survival is a key measure of the effectiveness of health-care systems."