Cancer is a major cause of illness in Australia and has a substantial social and economic impact on individuals, families and the community. Findings from the recent Australian Burden of Disease Study showed that cancer as a disease group was the leading cause of burden in Australia in 2018, accounting for 18% of the total disease burden.

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In 2021, an estimated 151,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia, an average of 413 cases per day

In 2021, breast cancer is estimated to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer, followed by prostate cancer

In 2021, an estimated 49,000 people will die from cancer in Australia, an average of 135 deaths per day

It is estimated that 162,000 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2022

It is estimated that 50,000 people will die from cancer in 2022

5-year relative survival was 70% for all cancers combined in 2014–2018

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