Australia tops five-year cancer survival rates

The result is a 'direct consequence' of healthcare reforms and technical advances

Australians have the best chance in the world of surviving a range of cancers, according to a review of global patient outcomes spanning two decades.

Cancer survival

The study shows Australians treated for colon or rectal cancer now have an estimated 71% five-year survival rate, while the UK has one of the lowest, at about 60%.

Australia tops five-year survival estimates based on cancer registry data covering nearly 3.8 million patients diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas, lung or ovary.