Cancer fact sheets

Cancer is a major cause of illness in Australia and accounted for around one-fifth (19%) of the total disease burden in Australia in 2011.

Page last updated: 08 January 2018

In 2017, it is estimated that 134,000 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 47,000 Australians will die from cancer.

Australia has a 68 per cent five year survival rate for all cancers combined, which is equivalent to the highest in the world.

There are around 90 disease classifications that are considered to be a type of cancer. Each of these diseases presents with different symptoms, requires different treatments and has different outcomes.

These fact sheets are designed to provide information about selected groupings and types of cancer. More fact sheets will be uploaded as they become available.

Cancer Fact sheet (PDF 129 KB)
Cancer Fact sheet (Word 127 KB)
Brain Cancer Fact sheet (PDF 99 KB)
Brain Cancer Fact sheet (Word 102 KB)