Prostate cancer patients worse in the bush

A population analysis of 68, 686 men aged 18—84 diagnosed with a first primary prostate cancer found that overall 10-year survival rates had risen from 57.5% in 1992—96 to 83.7% in 2002—07.

Even after adjusting for factors such as age, spread of disease at diagnosis, prostate cancer incidence rates and socioeconomic status, men who lived in rural areas still had a relative excess risk of death of 1.32, and men in inner-regional areas a 1.18 relative excess risk of death, compared to men from cities.

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