Cancer is one of the leading cause of death in Australia … and patients living in regional and rural areas experience poorer health outcomes than their city counterparts.
Within five years of a cancer diagnosis, rural cancer patients are more likely to die from this disease because they live in the bush.
The lifetime (0-84) risk of death for male and female patients (26% and 16% respectively) is a staggering statistic that must be addressed. Estimates suggest that approximately 13% of regional cancer-related deaths could be prevented if their survival rates were equal to those in major cities. This means that more than 350 regional Queenslanders die of cancer each year just because of where they live.
USQ researchers are working on several joint initiatives with partners including Cancer Council Queensland and Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia to improve cancer survivorship and quality of life for regional Queenslanders.