A NEW cancer research study from the Ingham Institute and Liverpool Hospital shows people from non-English speaking backgrounds have the highest amount of and most severe cancer cases in NSW.
The study found that people from non-English speaking backgrounds with bowel, stomach or gullet cancers were more likely to have a more severe diagnosis of cancer than those who spoke English.
The study was conducted at the Ingham Institute in collaboration with the South Western Sydney Local Health District and Liverpool Hospital was carried out to describe the incidence of cancer in the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) population in South Western Sydney.
Language barriers played a significant role in the impact and severity of the disease in ethnic populations. Patients over the age of 60 from Vietnamese, Arabic, Italian and Chinese-speaking backgrounds showed a higher rate of the disease at diagnosis than those with English as their first language.
Chief investigator and manager of Ingham Institute Clinical Cancer Registry's cancer information program, Nasreen Kaadan, said there was a need for more education and services for culturally diverse communities.
She said with the above average CALD population and high incidence of cancer, there was a need for further investigation.
"There are crucial gaps in cancer diagnosis and possibly treatment for culturally diverse populations that need to be addressed to improve survival rates," she said.