Dying with a cancer is not the same as because of one and waiting times in Scotland are far lower

As someone with, last time we looked, only benign prostatis, I hesitate here, for fear of tempting fate.

However, I’m going to suggest that the above Scottish Daily Excrement report may be over-stated and a bit misleading. Steady, dear reader.

First, as the Times, makes clear, very year, more than 3,000 men in Scotland are diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 1,000 die with the disease. That does not mean they all died because of it.

About 1 man in 41 will die of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. 1 in 4 will death from heart disease:

Second, Cancer treatment waits in Scotland are far shorter than those anywhere else in the UK:

Third, death rates from cancers in Scotland have fallen by 12%, from 342.4 per 100 K in 2007 to 301.1 in 2021:

Sources:

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/about/key-statistics.html#:~:text=About%201%20man%20in%2041,point%20are%20still%20alive%20today.

https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/men.htm

https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/deaths/age-standardised-death-rates-calculated-using-the-esp

2 thoughts on “Dying with a cancer is not the same as because of one and waiting times in Scotland are far lower

  1. Lord Rothermere, founder of the Daily Mail used to say his job was to give the British people ‘their daily dose of fear’. This was based on the theory that people who are scared have a tendency to look for people in positions of authority to protect them. However, there is ‘authority’ and there is ‘Authority’. If my water pipes burst I want the authority of a plumber. But the Tories are so often in Authority that they present themselves mendaciously as being authorities. So creating fear = voting Tory, they hope.

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  2. Slightly off-topic, the commonest starting point for prostate cancer investigations is the PSA test. But this is known to be wildly unreliable – Macmillan Cancer Support analysis shows that 75% of all above-normal-level PSA test results are false positives and 14% of all normal-level PSA results are false negatives. Statistically speaking, these are unacceptably inaccurate and are only a guide to a potentially malignant presence. The downside for men with a slightly elevated PSA reading is that they can go round the PSA test merry-go-round for years, even decades, without any malignancy being present. Bear in mind that the 75% false-positive rate applies to each test taken, so repeat tests are still statistically likelier to produce false positives than not.

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