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 2011, accounting for 19% of the total disease burden.

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At the end of 2016, 457,000 people were alive who had been diagnosed with cancer in the previous 5 years

It has been estimated that 151,000 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2021

It has been estimated that, in 2021, breast cancer will be the most commonly diagnosed cancer

In 2019, an estimated 396 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed each day in Australia, on average

In 2011, over 70% of breast cancer cases and over 80% of prostate cancer cases were diagnosed at Stage I or II

In 2019, an estimated 136 people will die from cancer each day in Australia, on average