Australians diagnosed with cancer tend to have better survival prospects compared to those living in other countries, with survival rates for most types of cancers improving, according to a Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report released today.
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The AIHW report, Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2012, revealed that the largest survival gains were kidney cancer, prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
The five-year survival from all cancers combined also rose from 47 per cent in 1982-1987 to 66 per cent in 2006-2010.
However, the number of new cancer cases diagnosed in Australia each year has almost doubled from 66,000 to 114,000 between 1991 and 2009.
"This increasing trend is primarily due to rises in the number of cases of prostate cancer, breast cancer in females, bowel cancer and lung cancer, and is partly explained by the ageing and increasing size of the population," said AIHW spokesperson Lisa McGlynn.
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