Cancer survival in NSW 1995-2009
Survival rates for people with cancer in NSW are among the best in the world and continue to improve, thanks to early detection and advances in care and treatment.
- In NSW, 67 per cent of people diagnosed with cancer during 2005–2009 lived five or more years beyond diagnosis. This increased from 59 per cent in 1995–1999.
- Overall, chances of survival five years beyond diagnosis are greater than 85 per cent for cancers of the prostate, breast, testes, thyroid and melanoma of the skin.
- Early detection is critical: a person’s chance of surviving five years after their diagnosis is 86 per cent when the disease is localised to the organ where it began.
- Chances of survival are greater than 85 per cent for those aged 15–44 years who are diagnosed with cancer.
- Cancer survival is generally lower among people living in more disadvantaged and remote areas of NSW.