Journal article

Differences in cancer survival by area-level socio-economic disadvantage: A population-based study using cancer registry data

Nina Afshar, Dallas R English, Tony Blakely, Vicky Thursfield, Helen Farrugia, Graham G Giles, Roger L Milne

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020

Abstract

Despite overall improvements in cancer survival due to earlier diagnosis and better treatment, socio-economically disadvantaged people have lower cancer survival than more advantaged people. We aimed to examine differences in cancer survival by area-level socio-economic disadvantage in Victoria, Australia and assess whether these inequalities varied by year of diagnosis, age at diagnosis, time since diagnosis and sex. Cases diagnosed with a first primary cancer in 2001-2015 were identified using the Victorian Cancer Registry and followed to the end of 2016. Five-year net survival and the excess risk of death due to a cancer diagnosis were estimated. People living in more disadvantaged areas ..

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