WA world beaters for cancer survival

More Western Australians are surviving after developing cancer, new research has found.

WA cancer patients were faring better than their counterparts in other high-income countries with comparable healthcare systems and high-quality cancer registries, with the state’s rates among the best in the world.

The research published in The Lancet Oncology revealed WA was the best performing of the Australian jurisdictions, with the highest five-year survival rates for ovarian, colon, pancreatic and stomach cancer.

Australia has also outperformed all countries in five-year survival rates for five of the seven tracked cancers including oesophageal, stomach, colon, rectal and pancreatic cancer.

It came second only to Canada and Norway for lung and ovarian cancer.

The data was being used to track outcomes across the jurisdictions to identify factors that influence patient survival.

It has revealed that overall cancer survival had increased in all seven of the participating nations in the 20 years to 2014, but Australia’s survival rate was consistently the highest.

The research targeted data on seven types of cancer from 19 jurisdictions across seven countries including three Australian jurisdictions.

Health Minister Roger Cook said the outstanding survival rates are a result of WA’s health system.

“WA cancer patients can take great encouragement from these results which are a testament to our State’s excellent standards of healthcare, and to the many dedicated health professionals working in the cancer field,” Mr Cook said.

“The McGowan Government is committed to putting patients first and these results show that plan is working.

“Cancer is often a traumatic and painful journey for patients and their loved ones, so these results are good news for all Western Australians.”


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