‘Per­plex­ing’ can­cer find­ings

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - Opinion -

Can­cer suf­fer­ers whose homes are more than an hour from their near­est ma­jor hos­pi­tal get quicker treat­ment but have poorer sur­vival rates, ac­cord­ing to a new study.

Re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Aberdeen have de­scribed the find­ings as a “can­cer ge­og­ra­phy para­dox”.

The study found peo­ple with can­cer who live more than an hour from their near­est ma­jor hos­pi­tal are di­ag­nosed and treated faster than those who live closer – but are more likely to die in the first year af­ter treat­ment.

Aberdeen’s Dr Peter Murchie said: “These con­tra­dic­tory find­ings on time to di­ag­no­sis and mor­tal­ity are per­plex­ing to say the least.”

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