Inequity in rural cancer survival in Australia is not an insurmountable problem

Craig R Underhill, David Goldstein and Paul B Grogan
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00660.x
Published online: 6 November 2006

Inequity in rural cancer survival in Australia is not an insurmountable problem: it is a test of our health systems

Australia has lower cancer mortality rates than comparable nations like the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand. However, there is increasing evidence that this success may be bypassing the 2.8 million Australians who live in rural and remote Australia.1-3

  • 1 Clinical Oncological Society of Australia's Rural and Regional Oncology Group, Border Medical Oncology, Murray Valley Private Hospital, Wodonga, VIC.
  • 2 Department of Medical Oncology, Prince of Wales Hospital, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 The Cancer Council Australia, Sydney, NSW.


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