Survival rates among West Australian patients for four types of cancer are the best in the world, new research shows.
The study, due to be released today in the Lancet Oncology journal, shows WA outperformed 18 other jurisdictions across seven high-income countries in five-year survival rates for ovarian, colon, pancreatic and stomach cancers.
The research was gathered as part of an international cancer collaboration which is collating data on seven types of cancer from countries with comparable healthcare systems.
Countries studied were Canada, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, as well as three Australian States — WA, NSW and Victoria.
Data from the study was being used to determine factors that influenced patient survival.
The researchers said improvements to cancer survival rates were likely because of healthcare reforms and technological advances that enabled earlier diagnosis, more effective and tailored treatment and better patient management.
The study found Australia outperformed the other six countries in five-year survival rates for five of the seven cancers — esophageal, stomach, colon, rectal and pancreatic.
WA Health Minister Roger Cook said the study was “testimony to WA’s excellent standards of health care and to the many dedicated health professionals working in the cancer field”.
The results come before the development of WA’s new cancer plan.