The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, a national agency set up by the Federal Government, released on the 20th September, the report ‘Cancer survival in Australia: period estimate 1982 to 2010.
Pancreatic Cancer has the un-enviable position of having the lowest survival rate of all the cancers presented in the report with a 5.2% chance of surviving for 5 years as measured over the period 2006-2010.
One of the most heartbreaking details to read is that during the period 1982 to 2007, 40,547 new cases have been diagnosed and the number of subsequent deaths to 2010 were 39,323. It is almost impossible to comprehend that so many lives were lost and so few survived.
For all cancers combined, the five year survival rate has increased from 46.9% for the period 1982-1987 to 66.1% during the period 2006-2010. Contrast that with Pancreatic Cancer which has increased from 3.0% to 5.2%.
There is one beacon of light for Pancreatic Cancer in the report, with the one year relative survival increasing from 13.2% to 21.7% over the same periods above.
It drives us on to work harder to achieve our Vision of doubling the five-year survival by 2020. There have already been far too many families left devastated by this disease.
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The report can be read in full by clicking here.
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