Australia has one of the world’s best cancer survival rates, but treatment outcomes vary widely among different cancer types. While increasing numbers of breast, bowel, prostate and skin cancer patients are living longer lives after diagnosis, by comparison there has been little progress in the survival of brain, pancreatic, head and neck, bladder, lung and other complex and rare cancers. Read more
Relatively good progress in survival seems to correlate to the level of community awareness. Cancer survivors make effective ambassadors for a cause. For example, breast and prostate cancer survivors have done a great job to help get those cancers on the public agenda.
The results of the AIA Healthy Living Index Survey results released today has found that cancer is the main health concern of Australians. Following on from cancer was heart disease. Within Australia two out of three adults are either over weight or obese however only 29 per cent of people viewed weight as a health priority. Read more
Diabetes also showed little concern with only 10 per cent listing it as a worry however it is the fasted growing chronic disease and there are more than 1.7 million Australians living with diabetes.
New research has found a link between a high cholesterol diet and breast cancer. A study conducted using mice and human tissue samples has found that cholesterol fuelled the growth of cancer cells. It also found that a low cholesterol diet could help in reducing the risk of breast cancer and may even make treatment more effective. Read more
This research was conducted at Duke University in North Carolina, United States of America.
The British government have spoken out again about whether or not they will be following in Australia's steps and taking up plain packaging. This time it appears they are more inclined to take up the laws. The UK government is currently undertaking a study into the effects of plain packaging in Australia as part of a review into whether they should adopt plain packaging. Read more
Last July it appeared the UK government was backing away from plain packaging as Prime Minister, David Cameron, was arguing more evidence was needed to prove there was a clear benefit.