Cancer in Australia

Facts about cancer in Australia

Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day is one of Australia’s best known fundraising events. It’s vital for raising funds to help support Cancer Council's research, prevention and support services for patients and their families.

Cancer Council brings together Australia’s leading state and territory cancer organisations. Our vision is to minimise the threat of cancer for people in Australia, through successful prevention, best treatment and support.

With your support this Daffodil Day, we can make a difference to the many lives affected by cancer.

•    An estimated  128,000  new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year, with that number set to rise to 150,000 by 2020

•    1 in 2 Australian men and 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.

•    Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia – more than 43,200 have died from cancer in 2011. Cancer accounted for 3 in 10 deaths in Australia.

•    Nearly 19,000 more people die each year from cancer than 30 years ago. This is mainly due to population growth and aging. Over the same period, the death rate (number of deaths per 100,000 people) has fallen by 16%.

•    More than 60% of cancer patients will survive more than five years after diagnosis.

•    The survival rate for many common cancers has increased by 30 per cent in the past two decades.

•    Every day in Australia, around 350 people are told they have a life-threatening cancer.

•    Each day in Australia, more than 115 people will die of the disease.

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

•    Around 434,000 people are treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers, with 543 people dying in 2011.

•    Cancer costs more than $3.8 billion in direct health system costs (7.2%) each year.

•    $378 million was spent on cancer research in 2000-01, 22% of all health research expenditure in Australia.

•    Cancer Council is Australia’s peak cancer control organisation and invests approx. $50M a year into research into the causes of cancer, prevention and improved treatments.

Find out more information at Cancer Council Australia.