Summary

Cancer is a major cause of illness in Australia and has a substantial social and economic impact on individuals, families and the community. This report contains interactive data visualisations that represent over 30 years of Australian cancer trends, by sex, for around 60 different types of cancer.  Data for all visualisations, except cancer rankings, are also available in Excel.

Cancer data in Australia additional content

Cancer data in Australia has been updated to include:

What do the interactive data visualisations contain?

Describing trends for around 60 cancers, the cancer summary data visualisations contain:

  • the number of cancer cases diagnosed between 1982 and 2020
  • the rate of cancer cases diagnosed between 1982 and 2020
  • the number of deaths from cancer between 1982 and 2020
  • the rate of death from cancer between 1982 and 2020
  • rates of cancer cases and deaths, by age, between 1982 and 2020
  • median and mean age at cancer diagnosis by year
  • median and mean age at death from cancer by year
  • 5-year relative survival rates for cancer, 1987–1991 period to the 2012–2016 period
  • the number of people alive as at December 31 2015 who have been diagnosed with cancer in the last year (in addition to the number of people in the last 5 years and 34 years)

The cancer rankings data visualisations contain the:

  • rankings of the top 20 cancers diagnosed, 1982 to 2020, in total and by age groups
  • rankings of the leading 20 cancers causing death, 1982 to 2020, in total and by age groups

For around 60 cancers, the cancer survival data visualisations contain:

  • observed cancer survival rates (survival for 1 to 5 years)
  • relative cancer survival rates (survival for 1 to 5 years)
  • conditional cancer survival rates (that is, the rate of surviving an additional 5 years where a person has already survived 1 to 15 years after diagnosis)

For around 60 cancers, the state and territory data visualisations contain:

  • the number of cancer cases diagnosed between 1982 and 2016, by state and territory
  • the rate of cancer cases diagnosed between 1982 and 2016, by state and territory
  • the number of deaths from cancer between 1982 and 2016, by state and territory
  • the rate of death from cancer between 1982 and 2016, by state and territory

For around 60 cancers, cancer risk data visualisations contain:

  • the risk of being diagnosed with cancer between 1982 and 2020, by age
  • the risk of death from cancer between 1971 and 2020, by age
  • cancer risk adjusted for competing mortality and cancer risk unadjusted for competing mortality

The latest national data are provided on cancer survival, and incidence, by stage of cancer at diagnosis for the 5 most commonly diagnosed cancers (melanoma of the skin, and breast, prostate, lung and colorectal cancers) in 2011. The cancer incidence and survival by stage data visualisation remains available within this report; information remains unchanged from the previous release of this report because more recent cancer incidence and survival by stage data are not available.

Cancer data available as supplementary tables

Supplementary tables are available containing the data used to inform the above-mentioned statistical reports.

Pivot tables are available that provide cancer incidence counts by individual ICD-10 codes.