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The unsolvable mystery of our low cancer survival rates

Millions have been invested in cancer care in Ireland, but we continue to lag behind the rest of Europe on survival rates. And no one knows why

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

22nd April, 2015

Despite the efforts made by successive governments, the National Cancer Control Programme and the HSE to raise cancer survival rates, Ireland has failed to catch up with other European countries.

In the past ten years, successive Irish governments have invested a great deal of money and effort in an attempt to improve cancer care in Ireland. But in spite of the cash, the detailed plans, new screening programmes and the politicians’ rhetoric, we still lag...

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