uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
National comparisons of lung cancer survival in England, Norway and Sweden 2001-2004: differences occur early in follow-up
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Endocrine Surgery.
Show others and affiliations
2010 (English)In: Thorax, ISSN 0040-6376, E-ISSN 1468-3296, Vol. 65, no 5, 436-441 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


Countries with a similar expenditure on healthcare within Europe exhibit differences in lung cancer survival. Survival in lung cancer was studied in 2001-2004 in England, Norway and Sweden.


Nationwide cancer registries in England, Norway and Sweden were used to identify 250 828 patients with lung cancer from England, 18 386 from Norway and 24 886 from Sweden diagnosed between 1996 and 2004, after exclusion of patients registered through death certificate only or with missing, zero or negative survival times. 5-Year relative survival was calculated by application of the period approach. The excess mortality between the countries was compared using a Poisson regression model.


In all subcategories of age, sex and follow-up period, the 5-year survival was lower in England than in Norway and Sweden. The age-standardised survival estimates were 6.5%, 9.3% and 11.3% for men and 8.4%, 13.5% and 15.9% for women in the respective countries in 2001-2004. The difference in excess risk of dying between the countries was predominantly confined to the first year of follow-up. The relative excess risk ratio during the first 3 months of follow-up comparing England with Norway 2001-2004 varied between 1.23 and 1.46, depending on sex and age, and between 1.56 and 1.91 comparing England with Sweden.


Access to healthcare and population awareness are likely to be major reasons for the differences, but it cannot be excluded that diagnostic and therapeutic activity play a role. Future improvements in lung cancer management may be seen early in follow-up.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 65, no 5, 436-441 p.
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-140126DOI: 10.1136/thx.2009.124222PubMedID: 20435867OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-140126DiVA: diva2:383065
Available from: 2011-01-04 Created: 2011-01-04 Last updated: 2012-02-17Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full textPubMed
By organisation
Endocrine Surgery
In the same journal
Medical and Health Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 185 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link