Cancer survival rates better Down Under

Australia is leading the way for colorectal cancer survival rates, an international study shows, but outcomes remain poor compared to other common cancers.

The International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership study, involving Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the UK, showed Australia topped the charts for colon cancer with a one-year survival rate of 80% — comparing favourably to Denmark (71%) and the UK (67%).

Australia also performed well in treating rectal cancer, with 84% of patients surviving to

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