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.

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

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Latest findings

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

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

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

In 2021, an estimated 151,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia, an average of 413 cases per day

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