Medical and Scientific: Screening, treatment cut cancer deaths 20%

01 Feb 2021 - Medical and Scientific

Improvements to the screening and treatment of cancer have reduced cancer deaths in Australia by more than 20 per cent between 1996 and 2015, saving 107,000 lives, a Cancer Council NSW study reveals. The study found there were 20.6 per cent fewer cancer deaths among Australians aged under 75, despite a 2 per cent increase in diagnoses. The figures highlight the importance of early detection programs, said Dr Eleonora Feletto, a senior research fellow at Cancer Council NSW. But she said the coronavirus pandemic could undo some of the work done in previous decades.

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