Statistics and Indicators

Cancer survival - all cancers

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    • Survival outcomes for all cancers combined has improved considerably over time. For the period 2008–2017, 5-year relative survival for all cancers combined was 72.8%. This was a significant improvement from 67.8% in 1998–2007 and 59.9% in 1988–1997. Females had similar survival to males (73.7% and 72.0%, respectively). Younger people had better survival than older people for all cancers combined. There were significant differences in survival between different age groups, with those aged 0–44 having a 5-year relative survival of 87.0% compared with 79.6% for 45–54-year-olds and 64.2% for those aged 65 and above.1-7
    • The improved cancer survival over time reflects a combination of improved treatments and earlier diagnosis across many cancer types. Survival rates in the ACT are at least as high as those for Australia as a whole. Compared with younger persons, there is a substantial disadvantage in survival for persons affected by cancer over the age of 65 years. This is, in part, due to older persons not undergoing more complex cancer treatments because of the risk of complications. Improving outcomes in this group remains a major challenge in cancer care.

     

    References

    1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Cancer Data in Australia. Canberra: AIHW; 2021 [cited 2021 Nov 4]. Available from: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/cancer/cancer-data-in-australia.

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 Canberra: ACT Cancer Registry; 2021 (unpublished data).

    3. 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=.

    4. 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=.

    5. 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=.

    6. 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=.

    7. 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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