Swedish cancer treatment best in Europe

Sweden, Finland and Norway have more cancer survivors than any other country in Europe, according to a new study of cancer care in 23 European countries.

Over 57 percent of patients in the three Nordic countries live for at least five years after being diagnosed with cancer.

The findings, based on an analysis of 2.7 million cancer cases, were published in medical journal The Lancet Oncology on Tuesday.

The researchers found there to be a clear correlation between survival and investment in cancer care, except in Denmark and the UK, where relatively high spending has not brought the desired results.

Survival rates have increased in all countries involved in the study. Although Eastern European countries still have the lowest rates of survival, Poland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic are all closing the gap.