Statistics and Indicators

Cancer survival - all cancers

  • Survival for all cancers combined has improved considerably over time. For the most recent period, 2003-2012, 5-year relative survival for persons for all cancers combined was 70.9%. This was a statistically significant improvement from 63.5% in the previous period (1993-2002), which in turn was a significant improvement from 56.9% (1983-1992).
  • Similar improvements in survival were seen for males and females. There was no difference in survival between males and females.
  • 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 86.0% compared with 78.2% for 45–64 year olds and 60.5% for those aged 65 and above.
  • Cancer is one of the greatest health burdens for the ACT population. Advances in prevention, early detection and treatment mean that more people are surviving and living longer with cancer.
  • The improved cancer survival over time reflects a combination of improved treatment 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.​

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