Survival rate of cancer in New South Wales rising

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More than 15,000 people are expected to die of cancer in New South Wales this year, but the survival rate is improving for most forms of the disease, research shows.

The latest state report on cancer, published on Tuesday, revealed a drop in the death rate over the past four years.

And while the number of people who are told they have cancer will increase as the population grows, it is predicted that the rate of people dying will continue to decline.

It is estimated that 46,000 people in NSW will be diagnosed with one form of the disease in 2018, while more than 15,000 are expected to die.

Lung cancer was one of the deadliest and most common cancers in New South Wales in 2013.

The Cancer Institute NSW executive director, David Currow, said that the ability to control cancer was still a problem, the state authorities were moving in the right direction.

"Fewer people are smoking, more people are participating in cancer screening programs, more people are accessing world-class cancer treatments and more people are participating in clinical trials," he said in a statement.

"It is important to note that survival is improving for most cancers."

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CANCER IN NSW

* It is estimated that 46,112 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2018, while 15,459 people are expected to die from the disease.

* The death rate is expected to decrease from 150.1 per 100,000 people in 2018 to 142.2 in 2021.

* The number of people participating in free cancer screening programs has increased throughout the state.

* The number of clinical trials on cancer in NSW increased by 18 percent between 2015 and 2017.

* The five most common cancers in New South Wales were breast, intestine, prostate, lung and melanoma.

(Source: Cancer Institute NSW)