This web report provides readers with information to aid in the interpretation of cancer data and cancer-related publications. It includes information on interpreting different aspects of data such as cancer statistics, differences in reported statistics, trend data, population comparisons and data on rare cancers.

  • Cat. no: WEB 89
Findings from this report:
  • Incidence is the number of new cancers diagnosed during a specified time period

  • Mortality is the number of deaths during a specified period due to cancer

  • Survival is the probability of being alive, relative to an average Australian of same sex and age, in a set time period

  • Prevalence is the number of people alive with a prior diagnosis of cancer at a given point in time