UK's breast and ovarian cancer survival rates 'lower than elsewhere'

The survival rates of sufferers of breast and ovarian cancer are lower in the UK than in other developed countries around the world, according to a new study.

Cancer patients in Canada, Australia, Sweden, Norway and Denmark are all more likely to survive cancer than their British counterparts, the study of 2.4 million people revealed.

Experts writing the report for the Lancet said the UK is still lagging behind when it comes to treatment.

Professor Sir Mike Richards, the national clinical director for cancer, said in England, there has already been work on "improving early diagnosis".

He said next month, there will be a new campaign launched to alert people to the early warning signs of breast cancer, as well as opening the way for GPs to have "more direct access to key diagnostic tests".

According to the latest data from Cancer Research UK, in 2007, around 130 women a week were diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 125 were with breast cancer.

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