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Cancer in Australia: in brief 2017 presents key points and trends from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s latest biennial report about cancer in Australia, Cancer in Australia 2017.
Five year relative survival from all cancers combined increased from 48% in 1984–1988 to 68% in 2009–2013
Breast cancer in females is expected to be the most common cancer in Australia in 2017
Lung cancer is estimated to be the leading cause of cancer death in 2017
At the end of 2012, 410,530 people were alive who had been diagnosed with cancer in the previous 5 years
Cancer is a major cause of illness in Australia and has a substantial social and economic impact on individuals, families and the community. In 2017, it is estimated that 134,174 people will be diagnosed with cancer and 47,753 people will die from cancer. Findings from the recent Australian Burden of Disease Study showed that cancer contributed to 19% of the total disease burden in Australia (AIHW 2016).
This booklet presents key findings from Cancer in Australia 2017, the eighteenth in a series published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) which provides the latest cancer screening, incidence, hospital, survival, mortality and burden of disease statistics.
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