Cancer Screening & Treatment

Rural and Remote Australians are more likely to get cancer compared to people who live in Major Cities, and have a lower life expectancy if they get cancer.

The cancer rate is highest in Inner Regional and Outer Regional areas of Australia (513 and 511 per 100,000 people, respectively), after adjusting for age.

 

The cancer rate in Remote and Very Remote areas is lower than other parts of rural and regional Australia, but this is mainly because people die of other causes earlier and have poor access to primary care services results in under-reporting.

 

A person is less likely to survive cancer after 5 years if they live in a rural or remote communities.  The 5 year survival rate for people living in Major Cities is 62% compared to 55% for Very Remote areas.

 

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2019

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QUICK FACTS
How RARMS is Helping to Expand Access to Cancer Care in Rural and Remote Communities
Lung cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and cancers of unknown primary site are among the top ten contributors to the total burden of disease in rural and remote communities.
CANCER AWARENESS AND DETECTION
WOMEN'S MOBILE HEALTH CLINIC
RARMS has established a Women's Health Clinic to provide culturally-responsive cervical screening, breast cancer screening and other services to Indigenous and non-indigenous women. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women around the world. Women living in less developed countries often lack access to cancer education and treatment, putting them at greater risk for premature death. To improve outcomes, Direct Relief supports healthcare facilities and programs that provide comprehensive breast cancer services to women, regardless of their ability to pay.
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HEALTH
QUIT SMOKING PROGRAMS
PAPILLOMAVIRUS VIRUS VACCINATION PROGRAM
RARMS offers Gardasil vaccinations for adult and well as female and male children to prevent the human papillomavirus, the main cause of cervical cancers and other cancers in women and men.