Positive news for prostate cancer survival

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia with 25,000 new cases expected in 2020. But mortality rates have fallen.

The rate has decreased from 34 deaths per 100,000 males to 31 deaths between 1982 and 2011. This trend is expected to continue to fall to 26 per 100,000 males in 2020.

The survival rate after the five-year diagnosis point has improved dramatically from 59% to 90% between 1986 and 2007.

The report suggests that these outcomes are due to improved diagnostic practices and the ageing of the population.

Read more at The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare