Cancer survival rate increasing unevenly worldwide, according to a major review released Wednesday.


Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and the new review indicates that your chance of surviving cancer depends on the country you live in.

A new study published by the CONCORD-3 program on cancer survival on Tuesday published in The Lancet shows the progress and the gap in five-year cancer survival rates between countries.

The study covered 71 countries and looked at patient records for adults and children diagnosed.

For children with brain tumors, the five-year survival rate has raised from 54 percent across the country between the periods of 2000-2004, to more than 60 percent for the period 2010-2014.

Lead author of the study denotes that there is progress in cancer survival rates but with limitation. The fact is specifically true in developed countries and it is less in developing countries.

The survival rate increased to 80 percent in the Denmark, Slovakia, United States, and Denmark. However, in the period of 2010-2014, children diagnosed with brain tumors survived in Mexico and Brazil.

Claudia Allemani, lead author and researcher for the Cancer Survival Group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said, “Continuous monitoring of global trends in cancer survival is crucial to assess the overall effectiveness of health systems worldwide and to help policymakers plan better strategies for cancer control.”

The government should allow cancer registries as effective and useful public health instruments that provide valuable information on both the cancer prevention strategies’ effect and the effectiveness of health systems, according to Allemani.