Cancer survival rates on the increase

According to a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), the malignancies with the largest survival gains from 1982–2010 were prostate and kidney cancers and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

While only 58% of men with prostate cancer survived 20 years ago, this figure was now up to 92%, the AIHW calculated.

The report, Cancer survival and prevalence in Australia: cancers diagnosed from 1982 to 2004, showed the only cancers for which survival rates did not improve were lip cancer (already high), larynx and brain cancers and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

The latest figures