March 20, 2009

YOU DON'T "CURE" CANCER BY TREATING IT...:

Little change in survival rates despite cancer spending plan: Cash injection has failed to have impact, study shows (Sarah Boseley, 1/20/09, guardian.co.uk)

The government's national cancer plan, backed by a massive injection of cash for cancer services in England, has failed to boost survival rates substantially, a major study shows today.

The findings will dismay government ministers, who have secured a tripling of spending on cancer over the last decade with the ambition of bringing the UK from among the worst countries up to the standard of the best in Europe. But the authoritative study, from a team led by Professor Michel Coleman at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, shows that survival rates have barely shifted since the cancer plan was launched in 2000.

"We are at best keeping track with improvements elsewhere rather than closing the gap," says an editorial in the journal which publishes today's study, Lancet Oncology.


...but by testing people so that you can find ever more non-threatening "cancers."

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 20, 2009 6:15 AM
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