Australian Cancer Atlas Data: The Gap Among Queensland’s Best for Cancer Survival

Did you know that Australian cancer atlas data shows that The Gap ranks second among Queensland suburbs for the best 5-year cancer survival rates across all cancer types from 2010 to 2019?

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According to startling new data from the Australian Cancer Atlas, The Gap, along with other affluent suburbs such as St Lucia and Brookfield, shows significantly higher cancer survival rates compared to Queenslanders living in Indigenous communities.

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The suburb boasts a 40% cancer survival rate, just behind St Lucia, which leads with a 48% survival rate. This means residents of The Gap have a 40% better chance of surviving cancer compared to the national average.

The Role of Socioeconomic Factors

Whilst these figures highlight pockets of exceptional survival rates, they also underscore the stark disparities in cancer outcomes across Queensland.

The Australian Cancer Atlas data shows that in some regions, people are nearly 60% more likely than the average Australian to be diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately, the research indicates that the inequalities faced by Australians in regional and remote areas have not improved over time.

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Several factors contribute to these disparities, including the behaviours of people living in these areas and the availability and access to health services. Wealthy suburbs like The Gap benefit from better healthcare infrastructure, more accessible services, and possibly healthier lifestyles, which collectively enhance survival rates.

Source of the Data

The data for these findings comes from the Australian Cancer Database, which includes all primary invasive cancer cases (excluding basal and squamous cell carcinoma of the skin) reported to cancer registries across Australia. Notifications to this database come from various sources, including hospitals, pathology laboratories, general practitioners, cancer screening registers, and nursing homes in some states and territories.

A Tool for Future Research

The world-leading Australian Cancer Atlas, developed through a collaboration between Cancer Council Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology, is a crucial tool for researchers. It will be instrumental in understanding why diagnosis and survivability rates vary so dramatically across different areas.

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The insights from the Atlas are not just numbers; they represent lives and highlight the critical need for targeted health policies and improved healthcare access to bridge the survival gap between affluent suburbs and disadvantaged communities. As The Gap exemplifies high survival rates, it also serves as a reminder of the work needed to ensure that every Australian has the same fighting chance against cancer.

Published 13-June-2024