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Closing the gap with comparable European countries

The UK lags comparable European countries in cancer survival, primarily because of later diagnosis of the disease. 

While most early stage cancers are survivable, too many British people are still being diagnosed at an advanced stage of the disease, when it is difficult, if not impossible, to cure.  If British cancer survival rates equalled those of Sweden, the best in Europe, up to 11,500 additional people would survive each year, primarily through earlier diagnosis.  In London, it is estimated that there could be 1000 avoidable deaths from cancer each year.