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16 March, 2021

Cancer Atlas update could save lives

An update to the Australian Cancer Atlas hopes to save up to 1300 lives a year

UPDATES to Cancer Council Queensland’s Australian Cancer Atlas could save lives by highlighting geographical disparities in cancer diagnosis and excess death rates.

The update, in partnership with Queensland University of Technology (QUT), will provide users with geographical details that could potentially save over 1,300 lives a year, or 4 per cent of all cancer-related deaths occurring in under five years since the date of diagnosis.

The interactive, online resource was designed to provide insight into cancer related patterns and outcomes according to geographical data.

It is hoped the atlas will give policy makers and health agencies a better understanding of the relation between geographic disparities and health requirements.

Cancer Council Queensland researcher, Professor Peter Baade, said he was pleased to release the new updates.

“The Australian Cancer Atlas has already proven itself to be an invaluable resource and benefit to many Australians, gaining industry, scientific and community acclaim,” he said.

“By updating the data contained in the Atlas it ensures it remains relevant and provides a great foundation for the next phase of development.”

Co-lead of the Australian Cancer Atlas, distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen from QUT said Queensland communities would benefit from the update.

“The Australian Cancer Atlas is a shining example of what can be achieved by combining cross-institutional expertise in statistics, e-research and cancer,” Professor Mengersen said.

“This collaboration is inspiring since it not only benefits our community but also leads to new knowledge and new research.”

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