Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Postcode Statistics Show Risk; Diagnosis and Recovery Rates Differ across Mackay Region

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Postcode Statistics Show Risk; Diagnosis and Recovery Rates Differ across Mackay Region

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CANCER RATES

Mackay (4740 postcode) has 5% higher rate of women's cancer diagnosis than the state average

Sarina (4737) is 19% lower than state average

Pioneer Valley (4741) is 29% lower than the state average

160 women in every 100,000 are diagnosed with women's cancer

About 84% of Queensland women diagnosed with a women's cancer will survive for at least five years

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Pamela Frost

APN Newsdesk

news@dailymercury.com.au

THERE are 5% more women in Mackay suffering from a female-specific cancer compared to the state average.

An atlas released yesterday to coincide with Pink Ribbon Day highlights disparities between Queensland regions in female cancer diagnoses, including breast, cervical, ovarian and uterine.

It also showed the number of women in Mackay dying within five years of being diagnosed was similar to the Queensland average.

However, about 35km away, in Sarina, there are 19% fewer diagnoses than the state average but the survival rate is worse.

Sarina women with cancer are 21% more likely to die within five years compared to the state average.

Figures in the Pioneer Valley are similar; the rate for diagnoses is 29% lower but those in the postcode area are 13% more likely to die within five years.

Figures from the Cancer Council show 160 women in every 100,000 are diagnosed with women's cancer in Queensland. …

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