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May 12, 2017

Australians are better than everyone else at surviving cancer

While cancer remains one of our biggest killers, we've made significant progress in treating it in recent decades -- and we're doing better than anywhere else.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Some recent data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) points to significant progress over the last 20 years in the treatment of cancer in Australia — and allows us to compare how we perform internationally in treating one of our most common killers.


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3 thoughts on “Australians are better than everyone else at surviving cancer

  1. AR

    Thank Great Gough for Medibank/care & Big Public Health in the Nanny State, eh BK?

  2. Geoff Russell

    Think about what happens to the 5 year survival figure if your improved diagnostic finds a cancer 12 months earlier, or finds a cancer that was never going to kill you anyway. The statistics are very hard to interpret.

  3. Billius Bongus

    I think you may want to check your data on the most common cancer in Victoria. I doubt it is pancreatic cancer.

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