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.

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