Cancer Infecting Europe

31 03 2010

The Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation has found that cancer is the second most common cause of death in Europe. Health disparities exist in the incidence and mortality rates for all cancers within Europe, with better survival rates for every type of cancer in Western Europe.

The assumed reason for this disparity is because Eastern Europe has inadequate health prevention measures, including delay in early diagnosis and use of innovative treatments and lack of quality care, may account for differences in survival. In addition, public education and awareness campaigns around cancer and its prevention are fragmented or relatively rare.

There is also a higher use of tobacco and alcohol in the east along with worse dietary habits, pollution, hepatitis B, as well as inadequate screening, diagnosis and treatment.

In Europe’s case I feel that the political geography is very different between the West and the more communist East are so very different, which worsens the disparities.