Cancer summary data visualisation

For around 70 cancers, this data visualisation provides a wide range of cancer-related statistics that, together, present a summary of national cancer data and trends over time. Help with terms, and information about the data, is available by placing the mouse pointer over the icons found near the top of the page. Please note that data on median and mean age at diagnosis and at death that was previously presented in this visualisation are now available in the ‘cancer incidence by age’ and ‘cancer mortality by age’ data visualisations respectively.

Cancer data in Australia - a summary of incidence, mortality, survival and prevalence of cancer in Australia. 

This visualisation contains trend information for around 60 cancers divided across Figures 1 to 4 and Table 1.

Figure 1 is a line graph that contains information on the number of cancer cases or deaths and age-standardised rates of cancer diagnosis or cancer death between 1982 and 2020.

Figure 2 is a line graph that contains information on the crude rate of cancer diagnosis or cancer death for various 5-year age groups from 0–4, 5–9, etc. up to 90+ for a selected year between 1982 and 2020.

Table 1 contains cancer-related summary statistics such as the number of cases or deaths, crude and age-standardised rate of diagnosis or death and mean and median ages at diagnosis or death.

Figure 3 is a line graph that contains information on 5-year relative survival rates for cancer from 1987–1991 to 2012–2016 for a selected cancer.

Figure 4 is a column graph that contains information on cancer prevalence, or, the number of people alive at 31 December 2015 who have been diagnosed with the selected cancer in the last year, last 5 years and 34 years.

Please note that cancer incidence statistics from 2018 to 2021, and cancer mortality data in 2020 and 2021, are projections; all other statistics are derived from actual data.

Data informing the summary dashboard is available as supplementary tables.