Better screening programs in Australia help to detect many cancers at an earlier stage, contributing to stronger survival rates.
This is according to a December 12 report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, which noted that between 2000-01 and 2008-09, the overall expenditure on cancer-related medical programs has risen by 56 per cent – a figure higher than the 52 per cent rise in total health spending.
AIHW spokesperson Justin Harvey observed that much of the increased spending is down to the widespread roll-out of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in 2006, and also reflects new technologies and systems that can lead to earlier diagnoses – and consequently, stronger survival rates.
He explained: "The number of Australians diagnosed with cancer is rising and cancer is being diagnosed at an earlier stage; screening programs are expanding; survival rates are improving; and new technologies and treatments continue to become available-and the increase in spending reflects this."
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