Bowel, breast cancer survival rates lagging in the bush: study

A new study has found that 3,500 lives could have been saved in country Queensland if breast and bowel victims had been diagnosed earlier or had better access to treatment. The joint Cancer Council Queensland and Queensland University of Technology study mapped deaths over 10 years. They said that while the five-year survival rate had improved across the state overall, they remained stagnant in the bush. Survival rates in the regions were the same as they were in Brisbane. The study highlights the divide between city and country, where distance, economics and attitude can stand in the way of getting…
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