Overview

Cancer is a major cause of illness in Australia and has a substantial social and economic impact on individuals, families and the community. Findings from the recent Australian Burden of Disease Study showed that cancer as a disease group was the leading cause of burden in Australia in 2018, accounting for 18% of the total disease burden.

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In 2021, lung cancer is expected to be responsible for more deaths than any other cancer, followed by colorectal cancer

In 2021, an estimated 49,000 people will die from cancer in Australia, an average of 135 deaths per day

In 2021, breast cancer is estimated to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer, followed by prostate cancer

In 2022, there is an estimated 1 in 7 risk of death from cancer before the age of 85

In 2014–2018, 5-year relative survival for all cancers combined was 87% for people under 20 years of age

It is estimated that 162,000 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2022

More reports and statistics on cancer can be found under Cancer screening.