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This article aims to validate analysis methods and report cancer survival rates for Indigenous Australians as a basis for regular national reporting. Currently, national cancer survival statistics are available for the total Australian population but not Indigenous Australians, although their cancer mortality rates are known to be higher than those of other Australians.
National cancer registrations data was used to calculate all-cancer and site-specific relative survival for Indigenous Australians (compared with non-Indigenous Australians) diagnosed in 2001-2005.
Results found survival was lower for Indigenous than non-Indigenous Australians for all cancers combined and for many cancer sites. Survival was lower for rural and remote than urban residents; this disparity was much greater for Indigenous people.
Abstract adapted from Population Health Metrics