April 25, 2014
By Roxanne Nelson
Cancer mortality rates (click here) in Russia greatly exceed those in Europe and the United States, according to a report on the challenges to effective cancer control in China, India, and Russia, which was published in the April issue of the Lancet Oncology. About a quarter (26%) of all cancer patients will die within a year of their diagnosis, although this rate varies considerably by geographic region.
Russia is both a high-income country and an emerging economy, as defined by the World Bank. But despite this distinction, life expectancies have not risen in line with the increasing wealth of the country and, notably, cancer accounts for 15% of all deaths.
In Russia, the overall risk of dying from cancer is about 60%, which is higher than the 40% in the United Kingdom and the 33% in the United States.
The mortality-to-incidence ratio, an indirect measure of cancer survival, is higher for Russian men than Russian women (0.72 vs 0.49). It is also higher than for American men (0.36) and European men (0.44).
Graphic at right is from same source as above, but, this is "Estimated Cancer Incidences Worldwide 2012: Women." There is one distinctive word in that title. Incidence. That is different from above that states Mortality. Thank you.
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