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Table 3 Number of lives that might be extended beyond 5 years from diagnosis for 10 cancers in NSW, Australia 1996–2000 and 2004–2008

From: Cancer survival in New South Wales, Australia: socioeconomic disparities remain despite overall improvements

Cancer Number of lives potentially extended p-value c
1996–2000 2004–2008  
Number of excess deaths Lives potentially extendedb Proportion of excess deaths (%) Number of excess deaths Lives potentially extendedb Proportion of excess deaths (%)
Stomach 1967 316 16.1 1895 324 17.1 0.389
Colorectum 6069 443 7.3 6189 606 9.8 <0.001
Liver 739 137 18.6 1312 312 23.8 0.006
Lung 9729 1090 11.2 11,002 1779 16.2 <0.001
Melanoma 941 0a 0 1213 0a 0  
Breast 2188 393 17.9 1855 472 25.5 <0.001
Cervix 388 0a 0 318 92 28.9 <0.001
Uterus 356 0a 0 474 256 54.0 <0.001
Ovary 970 0a 0 1051 0a 0  
Prostate 2073 311 15.0 1275 411 32.3 <0.001
All of the above 25,420 2690 10.6 26,583 4253 16.0 <0.001
  1. aRER coefficients are not significant in the relative survival model for specific cancer
  2. bEstimated by equating the RER of death due to cancer in the four more disadvantaged SES quintiles to that of the least disadvantaged quintile and calculating the difference in number of cancer deaths
  3. cPearson chi-square test of the difference between proportions of excess deaths over time (two periods)