Death rates from breast cancer have fallen more dramatically in the UK than any other European county, cancer researchers have said.
The study, which examined mortality rates in 30 countries over the past two decades, challenges claims that survival rates in the UK are worse than anywhere else in western Europe.
Ooooh, excellent. So we\’re going to see not just claims about how much better the NHS has got but a comparison of those actual rates are we? We\’re goign to, umm, challenge this incorrect perception?
Sadly, no, we don\’t. There\’s lots about how incredibly wonderful the improvement has been (and this is of course excellent news) but we don\’t in fact get a comparison of the actual rates.
So, we don\’t actually know whether the UK has better or worse survival rates than other European countries.
The UK has seen greater decreases in the number of women dying from breast cancer than many other European countries over this period, though this is partly because death rates were relatively high in the 1980s.
Nope, that\’s all we get. That the NHS is better than it was, which given that it was worse than other systems isn\’t all that surprising. But what we don\’t get told is whether the NHS is now better than other systems or is still worse.
Can\’t think why this point isn\’t discussed really: just cannot think of any reason at all why they might not highlight it.