Liver cancer mortality not improving

The Hepatitis Australia analysis of Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data, released today, shows that liver cancer has a death-to-incidence ratio of almost one, meaning for every Australian diagnosed with liver cancer, another dies of the disease.

The figure is in stark contrast to nearly all other cancers, where survival rates have steadily improved over the past two decades – breast cancer now has a ratio of 0.26, prostate cancer 0.16, melanoma 0.13, bowel cancer 0.26 and lung cancer 0.77.