Mixed outlook on future cancer stats

Cancer Council WA education researcher Terry Slevin.
Cancer Council WA education researcher Terry Slevin.

According to Cancer Mortality Rates and Projections: 2013 to 2025, death rates for men is expected to go from 214 to 183 per 100,000 between 2013 and 2025 and from 135 to 120 deaths per 100,000 for women.

However despite the decreasing mortality rate, the report fingers Australia�s ageing and increasing population for its prediction that more people are expected to die from cancer in that time, from 45,030 in 2013 to a predicted 56,260.

Cancer Council WA education and research director and North Fremantle resident Terry Slevin said he believed the report showed progress was being made.

�It is essential that accurate data is kept in Australia of cancer incidence and mortality because it is vital to drive decision on what we should do about cancer,� he said.

�We have made major inroads in prevention, early detection and treatment in many but not all cancers.

�We are working towards a cancer-free future but no one in my world thinks there will be a �cure for cancer�.

�The more we understand about cancer the more we appreciate it is a collection of 200 or more different diseases, all of which need different treatments, better early detection or better means of preventing.

�We have made progress, but cancer has been around for millennia and it may never be eradicated.�

AIHW spokesman Justin Harvey said the report looked at historical trends to estimate cancer mortality in the future, but other factors between now and 2025, like changes in diagnostic practices, could lead to shifts in survival rates, which would alter the numbers.

Visit

www.aihw.gov.au to read the report.