The incidence and survival rates of cancer across the Hunter New England Area will come into focus this week as part of the first Cancer Research Forum.

According to the Cancer in New South Wales: Incidence and Mortality Report, the Hunter New England region has some of the highest cancer rates in the state, but survival rates are increasing and treatments continue to improve.

Research into diagnosing and treating cancer has been one of the main drivers of improved survival rates.

According to latest figures the Hunter New England Area Health Service has a higher than state average incidence of melanoma in males and females, a higher overall incidence of cancer in males, and a high incidence of lip cancer in males.

The Hunter also has higher mortality rates of prostate cancer than the state average.

The figures have also revealed that 104 Maitland men and women were diagnosed with melanoma between 2004-2008 and 906 local men were diagnosed with cancer during the same period.

Fifteen Maitland residents were diagnosed with lip cancer in that time and 328 died from cancer during the same four years.

The forum will be held at Newcastle City Hall on Thursday between 5.30pm and 7pm. Registrations are needed by Wednesday. For more information phone Sue Russell on 4923 0700 or email [email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训.au

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