Cancer survivor number passes one million mark in Australia

THE number of Australians living with cancer or having survived a diagnosis has exceeded one million for the first time.

CEO of Cancer Council Australia, Professor Sanchia Aranda said the new survivor rates reflected progress in healthcare but presented new challenges.

"The main reason for the increase in cancer prevalence is that we are living longer in general and more people with cancer are surviving," Professor Aranda said.

"Around 130,000 Australians are likely to be diagnosed with cancer this year and more than 65% will survive for five years, with many going into permanent remission."



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