ABout Cancer

  • 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

  • An estimated 121,500 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year, with that number set to rise to 150,000 by 2020.

  • Cancer is the second leading cause of Australian deaths and affects almost 20% of the population. More than 43,000 people are expected to die from cancer in 2010.

  • The most common cancers in Australia (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) are prostate, colorectal, breast, melanoma, and lung cancer.

  • Cancer costs $3.8 billion in direct health system costs.

  • In Australia, the number of skin cancer cases outnumbers the total number of all other types of cancers combined. At least 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. Each year, around 434,000 Australians are treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers (the most frequently occurring cancer in Australia, but the least life-threatening).

1300 33 RIDE [7433] | 12-13 OCTOBER, 2013