Cancer death rates falling in Australia

In an analysis of death certificates and population data from the Australia Bureau of Statistics, researchers from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, the Victorian Department of Health and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research found that there were approximately 9000 excess cancer deaths in regional and remote areas in the decade 2001—10, including 6029 among men and 2786 among women, with the greatest numbers of excess deaths for cancers of the lung, prostate, oesophagus and melanoma.

The annual percentage change in cancer deaths Australia-wide was –1%, but the decrease was largely attributed to