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Cancer survival in Australia

Australians with cancer have the highest one-year survival rate for seven cancer types examined in an International Agency for Cancer Research study, published in Lancet Oncology (https://doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(19)30456-5). The study examined one- and five-year survival rates in over 3.7 million patients with cancer of the oesophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas, lung and ovary in seven high-income countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and the UK) between 1995 and 2014. In the most recent five-year period of diagnosis (2010 to 2014), Australians also had the highest five-year survival rates for cancer of the colon (70.8%), rectum (70.8%), stomach (32.8%), oesophagus (23.5%) and pancreas (14.6%), and the second highest for lung cancer (21.4%), behind Canada, and ovarian cancer (43.2%), behind Norway.

Fall-related head injuries

Over the past decade, the rate of head injuries from falls by older Australians has almost doubled in men and women, from 469 and 477 cases per 100,000 population, respectively, in 2007-08 to 832 and 865 cases per 100,000 population in 2016-2017. These were some of the findings of an AIHW report, Trend in Hospitalised Injury Due to Falls in Older People 2007-08 to 2016-17. According to the report, the rates of fall-related injury have increased by 3% a year for men and 2% a year for women. Just over 100,000 people aged 65 years and over were hospitalised due to a fall in 2016-17, the most common cause being falls on the same level from slipping, tripping and stumbling. Read the report at: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/injury/trends-in-hospitalised-injury-due-to-falls/contents/table-of-contents