Statistics and Indicators

Cancer survival - bowel cancer

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    • Five-year relative survival for bowel cancer has improved over time, from 57% in the period 1988–1997 to 71% for the period 2008–2017, due to enhanced treatment and, possibly, earlier diagnosis. While there were no significant differences in survival between males and females, those aged under 65 had significantly better survival than those aged 65 and older (75.4% and 69.1%, respectively). It is hoped that population screening for bowel cancer will contribute to further improvements in the years to come.1-8

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    2. Ananda S, Wong H, Faragher I, et al. Survival impact of the Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. Intern Med J 2016; 46(2):166-171.

    3. ACT Cancer Registry. Canberra: ACT Cancer Registry; 2021 (unpublished data).

    4. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Life Tables, States, Territories and Australia, 2015-2017. Canberra: ABS; 2019 [cited 2021 Nov 4]. Available from: https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/3302.0.55.001Main+Features12015-2017?OpenDocument=.

    5. ABS. Life Tables, States, Territories and Australia, 2014-2016. Canberra: ABS; 2018 [cited 2021 Nov 4]. Available from: https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/3302.0.55.001Main+Features12014-2016?OpenDocument=.

    6. ABS. Life Tables, States, Territories and Australia, 2013-2015. Canberra: ABS; 2017 [cited 2021 Nov 4]. Available from: https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/3302.0.55.001Main+Features12013-2015?OpenDocument=.

    7. ABS. Life Tables, States, Territories and Australia, 2012-2014. Canberra: ABS; 2016 [cited 2021 Nov 4]. Available from: https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/3302.0.55.001Main+Features12012-2014?OpenDocument=.

    8. ABS. Life Tables, States, Territories and Australia, 2011-2013. Canberra: ABS; 2015 [cited 2021 Nov 4]. Available from: https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/3302.0.55.001Main+Features12011-2013?OpenDocument=.

    The authors wish to thank the Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the Coroners and the National Coronial Information System for enabling the cause of death unit record file data to be used for this publication.

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