Cancer Screening & Treatment
Rural and Remote Australians are more likely to get cancer compared to people who live in Major Cities, and have a lower life expectancy if they get cancer.
The cancer rate is highest in Inner Regional and Outer Regional areas of Australia (513 and 511 per 100,000 people, respectively), after adjusting for age.
The cancer rate in Remote and Very Remote areas is lower than other parts of rural and regional Australia, but this is mainly because people die of other causes earlier and have poor access to primary care services results in under-reporting.
A person is less likely to survive cancer after 5 years if they live in a rural or remote communities. The 5 year survival rate for people living in Major Cities is 62% compared to 55% for Very Remote areas.