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Australia cancer survival rates near the top

A recent international study suggests that more Australians survive the four main cancers - breast, ovarian, colorectal and lung - more than people in other developed Western countries including Great Britain and Denmark, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

The study used a sample of 2.4 million patients from six countries to compare the cancer survival rates between the nations. Australia, Canada and Sweden were among the world leaders in cancer survival, while surprisingly Great Britain and Denmark rounded out the bottom. All the patients had access to health care, allowing the researchers to find common ground to compare the national health care systems.

The director of the Cancer Council Victoria, Professor David Hill contends that while the study's results show signs of progress, there's still much work to be done.

"This is no reason for complacency. None of the survival rates are 100 per cent," he told the news source. Hill also said that the study is the first of its kind conducted specifically aimed at comparing cancer survival rates between developed nations by an independent cancer partnership.

According to the American Cancer Society, women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.
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