The Rate of Survival For Prostate Cancer And Other Cancers Increases – Australian Study

September 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has shown that the survival rate for men with prostate cancer and other types like lymphoma and pancreatic etc has increased dramatically.

This result is an increase from the records that use to subsist where the survival rate was just 47 percent.

The new study suggests that about 66 percent increase on the survival rates for these men have been recorded. The following extract reveals more about the new study:

CANCER patients are increasingly living longer with 66 per cent now surviving for at least five years – a dramatic rise from the 47 per cent rate for all cancers combined in the mid-1980s.

The cancers with the largest so-called survival gains from 1982-1987 to 2006-2010 were prostate and kidney cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows.

The only cancers for which survival rates didn’t improve were lip, larynx and brain cancer along with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

“While overall cancer survival is improving in Australia variations still exist between types of cancer,” AIHW spokeswoman Anne Bech said in a statement.

Between 2006 and 2010 the cancers with the highest survival rates were testicular, lip, prostate and thyroid cancer along with melanoma of the skin. All had a five-year survival rate of 90 per cent or more.

But sadly pancreatic cancer and mesothelioma remain incredibly lethal. They have the lowest survival rate with less than 10 per cent of patients alive five years after diagnosis.

Women generally survived longer than men and younger people had higher survival rates than older people.

In good news for people who have already survived five years, the AIHW study found they had a 90 per chance of living for another five for all cancers combined.

In the 25 years to 2007 the incidence of all cancers rose by 27 per cent but deaths from the disease fell by 16 per cent.

One in two Australians will develop cancer before the age of 85. One in five will die from the disease.

The survival rate for all cancers combined has steadily increased since 1982-1987 when it was 47 per cent.

It was 52 per cent in 1988-1993, 58 per cent six years later and 62 per cent in the 2000-2005 time period. Source.

Finally, the above revelation is quite encouraging knowing that prostate cancer as well as other cancers is deadly when they are diagnosed late.

Perhaps the increase in the survival rates could have been due to improved diagnosis, treatments and awareness of the conditions. Hopefully with further efforts we would be seeing the rate rise further.

At least, this would be welcomed. In Australia as well as in other parts of the world, cancer of the prostate is a condition that slowly but steadily progresses.

In the future let’s believe that we would be seeing a tremendous rise in the number of people who survive after treatment.

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