POLITICS
03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Health Care Group Tells Rudy To Pull Misleading Health Care Ad

A state health care advocacy group has asked former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani to pull his latest radio ad, in which he cites inaccurate public health statistics.

In the radio ad, Giuliani, a Republican presidential candidate, talks about his battle with prostate cancer, using it as a springboard to explain why he thinks his health care plan is superior to plans proposed by Democratic presidential candidates, which he calls "socialized medicine."\

"I had prostate cancer five, six years ago," Giuliani says in the ad. "My chance of surviving prostate cancer - and, thank God, I was cured of it - in the United States? Eighty-two percent. My chance of surviving prostate cancer in England? Only 44 percent under socialized medicine."

But according to Great Britain's Office for National Statistics, the five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is actually about 75 percent. And some doctors have said it's unfair to compare the rates between the two countries, since the United States has a more aggressive screening policy, which results in more successful treatment due to early detection.

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