Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Where you live influences cancer survival

From Canada.com:
According to the latest report of a Cancer advocacy group, Canadians are experiencing care that is inconsistent, unfair and ineffective.

The Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada says that has created discrepancies in access to treatment.

"Tell me your postal code, and I will tell you your chances of surviving cancer," says Dr. William Hryniuk, past chair of CACC and former director of cancer centres in the Canada and U.S.

This year's report highlighted several areas in the fight against cancer.

Access to new and expensive cancer drugs continues to be one of the most urgent problems cancer patients face, according to the report.

Coalition researchers conducted a province-by-province review of access to 24 drugs featured in past reports, adding an analysis of 18 new therapies. ...more

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