Delivering a Healthy WA
Western Australian Cancer Registry

Survival in Western Australian residents, 1982-1997

Relative survival is a measure of how long people with cancer might expect to live, as a proportion of their expected survival time if they did not have the cancer. It is expressed in terms of a percentage or proportion, rather than in months or years.

Relative survival was similar in males and females for most cancers. Survival appeared best for Hodgkin's lymphoma, testicular and thyroid cancers, cutaneous melanoma and cancers of the lip. For many cancers, relative survival was significantly higher in younger persons.

Note that the small Western Australian population imposes some limitations on statistical analysis.

Graphical summaries of cancer types with the best outcomes, for males and females and for persons of different ages are available:

» Download graphs of survival by cancer type (PDF 46KB)

» Download statistics for breast cancer (PDF 51KB). More cancer type statistics can be found in the full report.

More information:

» Cancer survival in Western Australian residents, 1982-1997 (PDF 800KB) – full report, published July 2000

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