More than 1,500 people have died in the past two years in Australia from cancer-related causes, with a similar number of people dying of heart disease, according to a new study.
The study by the University of Sydney looked at the risk of death from cancer, stroke and liver disease in a cohort of about 1,400 people, ages 60 and over, who lived in NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland during the last 10 years.
It was released as Australia commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Cancer Act, which introduced the Australian Cancer Registry.
The registry is one of the largest in the world.
The researchers compared the death rates in the study to the mortality rates from cancer in the population.
The cancer mortality rate in the people in the cohort was 10.6 per 100,000, which was about the same as the rate in Australia overall.
However, there were significant differences in the rates of cancer mortality in the two countries, with the mortality rate for cancer in Australia in the years to the end was about 40 per 100 the cancer mortality rates in NSW and Victoria.
This was compared to a national cancer mortality of about 40.6, or about one death for every one person.
The authors said this was likely because of differences in living conditions, health insurance coverage and other factors.
The number of deaths was higher in the NSW cohort, with about 2,700 deaths recorded in that state, compared to about 2.4 in the state of Victoria, and about 1.6 in Queensland.
They said that while this was still a very small number, it was still an unusually high number.
“The rate of mortality in Australia has been declining for the past 25 years, which means that if we continue at this pace, the number of new cancer deaths will fall by almost 40 per cent in the next five years,” the authors said.
Cancer deaths in Australia In 2016, Australia had the highest rate of cancer deaths in the developed world.
A recent analysis by the Institute of Medicine found that a quarter of all new cancer cases in the US and Europe in the year 2020 were caused by the use of radiotherapy.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer said the trend towards more people surviving cancer had been “significantly influenced by changes in health insurance, the availability of effective treatments and a more responsive health system”.
But Professor Michael Wootton from the University’s School of Medicine and Public Health said that the increase in cancer deaths was not the whole story.
“It’s not just the use and misuse of radiation, it’s also the lack of awareness of it, the use in other ways of other drugs that don’t kill you, the lack that people are actually getting radiation to fight their cancer, which may be contributing to a higher incidence,” he said.
Professor Wootson said there were a number of reasons for the increase.
He said a number were related to the fact that we are living longer and that the cancer-fighting drugs we are receiving may not be doing as much good as they used to, and also that more people are using other drugs.
He suggested that in the longer term, the rise in cancer-causing drugs may contribute to a rise in deaths.
The biggest factor, he said, was that we were not getting enough cancer-specific information from doctors, especially the medical schools and clinics.
“So we have a problem in terms of understanding how cancers actually start,” Professor Wooton said.
“And we have to get that information from the medical people and the medical centres.”
The report said there had been a decline in the use, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in many parts of the world, but this was not seen in Australia.
It also found that there had not been a significant change in the number or type of cancers that were diagnosed or treated in Australia, and there was no evidence that the numbers of new cancers were increasing.
Professor Alan Young from the Cancer Council of Australia said the research showed that “there is a significant disparity in how we treat cancer in different countries, particularly in Australia”.
“We have a lot of good, effective treatments, so we have the highest life expectancy, the best quality of care, and we have good cancer control, and yet we have this very high number of cancer-free deaths,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
He said it was important to be aware of the differences in lifestyle and environmental factors that might affect cancer survival. “
We need to get a much better understanding of the risk factors for developing cancer and to make sure that people who do develop cancer are properly screened and get the best treatments.”
He said it was important to be aware of the differences in lifestyle and environmental factors that might affect cancer survival.
“When we have very low life expectancy and a lot less education about cancer, then it’s very difficult to understand why cancer is happening,” he explained.
“This is a major problem for cancer patients and their families.”
Dr Mark Gough from the Centre for Global Health