Cancer Australia releases 'stage at diagnosis' data for top five incidence cancers – including melanoma
27 April 2018
For the first time in Australia, national data has been released on cancer stage at diagnosis. This data explores the top five incidence cancers – female breast cancer, colorectal, lung, prostate cancers and melanoma. Cancer Australia has released data exploring the relationships between early and late stage diagnosis of cancer treatment. Melanoma, Australia’s national cancer was revealed to have a 92% early detection rate. Thanks to early detection, prevention and awareness, this is a great statistic for melanoma. To highlight the significance of this, the data discovered that only around 18% of lung cancer patients are diagnosed at an early stage.
Stage for the top 5 incidence cancers in 2011:
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The data is a major leap forward in cancer control. A collaborative development led by Cancer Australia, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and state cancer registries all contributed to the data. Not only has the data examined early diagnosis, it will also help correlate between cancer stage at diagnosis and survival outcomes. Additionally, this data is likely to improve survival rates in all cancer patients. This data will benefit the dissemination of national cancer information and procurement of data in the future.
For more information about early diagnosis melanoma data go to: https://ncci.canceraustralia.gov.au/cancer-types/melanoma