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Cancer in Australia

In 2019, doctors will diagnose around 400 new cases of cancer each day in Australia. Chances are, you either know someone with cancer or have had it yourself.

Cancer accounts for around 3 in every 10 deaths in Australia. It has a major impact on individuals, families and the community.

Our efforts to fight the many types of cancer are paying off. In Australia:

  • the rate of new cancer diagnoses has been decreasing since 2008
  • the rate of cancer deaths has been decreasing since 1989
  • there has been a 21% increase in cancer mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and a 13% decline for non-Indigenous Australians between 1998 and 2015
  • early screening programs mean more people are being diagnosed earlier, leading to more successful treatment and longer lives

Cancer is potentially one of the most preventable and treatable diseases so we need to keep working to reduce cancer rates in Australia.

Cancer Council Australia hotline

If you have a question about cancer or if you need support, call the Cancer Council Australia. The hotline is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or visit their website for more information.

What we’re doing about cancer

We work to improve the prevention and treatment of cancer in Australia by:

We also work with other Australian Government agencies such as Cancer Australia.

Support services

CanTeen

CanTeen helps young people cope with cancer in their family. Through CanTeen they learn to explore and deal with their feelings about cancer and connect with other young people in the same boat.

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Cancer Council Australia hotline

If you have a question about cancer or if you need support, call the Cancer Council Australia. The hotline is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or visit their website for more information.

info [at] cancer.org.au
Postal addresses: 
GPO Box 4708
Sydney NSW 2001

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