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B.C. tops in cancer survival

British Columbia took top spot in an international study comparing cancer outcomes in six countries with similar wealth and health-care systems, according to findings announced in Vancouver yesterday.

British Columbia took top spot in an international study comparing cancer outcomes in six countries with similar wealth and health-care systems, according to findings announced in Vancouver yesterday.

The international study compared data from 12 regions in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

David Levy, president of the B.C. Cancer Agency, said the findings reflect how well the agency is doing.

“It’s imperative we continue to compare our cancer outcomes (because) we must always strive to improve,” he said.

Levy credited the survival rates to our high access to drug treatment, and the province’s collaborative approach to care.

Mary McNeil, MLA for Vancouver-False Creek and former CEO of the B.C. Cancer Agency, said the findings prove the agency is a model for others, but added we still have a long way to go to before we find a cure for the disease.

 
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