Updated on 2 July 2014
"The reasons cancer death rates are falling include changes in exposure to cancer risks (such as not smoking), improved primary prevention (such as better sun protection), advances in cancer treatment and, for some cancers, earlier detection through screening programs (bowel, breast and cervical) and other testing (prostate)," the report stated.
Report highlights: Heart attacks in Australia
• Heart attack and stroke rates have been reduced
• Heart attack rates from 2007 to 2011 have fallen 20 percent and the rate of stroke events has dropped by 25 percent between 1997 and 2009
"Australians have one of the highest life expectancies in the world and can expect to live about 25 years longer, on average, than a century ago," the institute explained in a report. A baby boy born in 1901 would have lived to 55 years and a baby girl to 59 years. Today, it's 80 for men and 84 years for women. Attitude toward personal health has been cited as the reason for this improvement.
More than half of all Australians aged 15 and over considered themselves to be in "excellent" health, while only 4 percent rated their health as "poor".