Another news story today that impacts the prostate cancer community is, Rudy Guiliani’s quote in an ad about survival for prostate cancer. I just got a note from a friend in the UK. They are very disturbed by his statement.
In a New York Times article today they say, Britain’s health secretary complained on Thursday about an advertisement run by Rudy Giuliani, saying the U.S. Republican presidential candidate had maligned Britain’s health care system with bad statistics…..
Britain’s Health Secretary Alan Johnson said Giuliani’s figures were wrong and the survival rate under Britain’s National Health Service was in fact much higher.
“The British NHS should not become a political football in American presidential politics,” Johnson told The Times newspaper.
“Our rate of prostate cancer survival is actually much higher than has been claimed. The latest data show a survival rate of over 70 percent and rising.”
A health department spokesman said the latest figures from Britain’s Office of National Statistics showed a five-year survival rate of 74.4 percent for prostate cancer.
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As advocates we need to know the facts. We may be questioned by individuals in the community. We may be questioned by the media. Learn the facts at this article on factcheck.org. Click here for the article.