Giuliani lying about cancer survival statistics?

Apparently so, from AOL News:

WASHINGTON (AP) – No one argues that Rudy Giuliani was diagnosed with prostate cancer, underwent treatment and survived. Yet there is a dispute about the statistics he quotes about his chances of survival.

In a radio ad running this week in New Hampshire, Giuliani says: “My chance of surviving prostate cancer, and thank God I was cured of it, in the United States: 82 percent. My chances of surviving prostate cancer in England: only 44 percent under socialized medicine.”

Giuliani uses those statistics to deride Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health care plan, which he says amounts to socialized medicine that would reduce the quality and drive up the cost of health care. He is promoting tax breaks to help families buy private health insurance.

Challenged Friday about his numbers, Giuliani defended them as “absolutely accurate” at the time of his prostate cancer treatment in 2000. “Those statistics have changed slightly today,” he said Friday.

However, they may not be “absolutely accurate” today:


The American Cancer Society says that survival rates are actually higher and that it’s misleading to compare the two countries.

Five-year survival rates were 95 percent in the U.S. and 60 percent in the United Kingdom, which includes Britain, in 1993-1995, the most recent time period with data to compare, the group said.

Today, rates are higher – 99 percent in the U.S. and an estimated 74 percent in the U.K.

Giuliani still has a valid point, that socialized health care does not equal the quality of care provided currently in the US. However, his statistics were a bit off and someone should have spent 5 minutes on Google before he mentioned those numbers.