Rural gap worst for oesophageal cancer

Australia’s rural-urban cancer divide is worst for oesophageal cancer and melanoma, write two medical oncologists in the Medical Journal of Australia.

This is based on statistics for the 10 years until 2010, during which the disparity in cancer outcomes between rural and urban patients remained unchanged.

Dr Peter Fox and Dr Adam Boyce report that mortality in rural areas was 7% higher than urban areas during the period, equating to almost 9,000 additional rural deaths.

Despite an improvement in national prostate cancer survival since the