Cancer Survival in NSW 2002-06
Survival rates for people with cancer in NSW have increased significantly over the past few decades and are on par with the best in the world. While the incidence of cancer in NSW continues to rise, early detection and best practice treatment of cancer have meant death rates continue to fall.
Only 49 per cent of people diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of the 1980s in NSW had a chance of survival beyond five years. When that is compared to a 64 per cent five-year survival rate in the most recent period detailed in this report, it goes to show that a cancer diagnosis is far less likely to be a death sentence. The chance of leading a healthy life after the diagnosis and treatment of cancer is the reality for the majority of people.