Prostate cancer mortality rates in the UK drop by 21 percent


According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Cancer Research UK is claiming that deaths from prostate cancer in the UK have drop by 20.8 percent during the 19-year period from 1991-93 to 2010-12. The full media release from Cancer Research UK is also available on line.

The follow-up claim is that these data show a “powerful impact” of research on the fight against prostate and other cancers — which is a little bit more of a stretch, but there is no doubt that we have learned a great deal about prostate cancer over the past 20 years, and it would be very surprising if some of that learning hadn’t had an impact on prostate cancer mortality rates.

One Response

  1. Wondering if it could have anything to do with screening and earlier identification of locally advanced and advanced disease.

    Have UK screening rates increased over the past 20 years?

    PS: Interesting to me that while the Telegraph article and press release acknowledge screening for breast and colon, there is no mention for prostate.

    Notwithstanding, as someone mentioned on the UsTOO Inspire blog, the UK prostate cancer foundations have some brilliant awareness ads that I think Sitemaster has referenced here in the past.

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