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Cancer incidence & mortality in Tasmania1

Last updated: 24 November 2020

* Note: Non-melanoma skin cancers are not included

  • In 2017, there were 3476 new cases of cancer diagnosed and 1293 cancer-related deaths among Tasmanian residents.
  • In 2017, the risk of developing cancer by the age of 75 was 1 in 3 for males and 1 in 4 for females. By the age of 85, the risk was 1 in 2 for both males and females.
  • The most commonly diagnosed cancers in Tasmania in 2017 (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) were prostate, colorectal, breast and lung cancers and melanoma of the skin.
  • The most common cancer-related deaths in Tasmania in 2017 were from lung, colorectal, pancreatic, breast and prostate cancers.



Cancer incidence & mortality in Tasmania, compared to the rest of Australia2,3

  • Tasmania has the second highest rate of cancer diagnosis (495 per 100,000) in Australia, adjusting for age and size of the population, after Queensland. 
  • Tasmania has the second highest rate of death from cancer (180 per 100,000), after the Northern Territory. 
  • Tasmania has one of the highest age-standardised mortality rates in Australia for: 
    • colorectal cancer (23 per 100,000) 
    • lung cancer (35 per 100,000) 
    • prostate cancer (28 per 100,000)

For more Tasmanian statistics, visit the Tasmanian Cancer Registry.



National cancer statistics

  • Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia – around 50,000 people died from cancer in 2019. Cancer accounts for about 3 in 10 deaths in Australia4
  • Nearly 21,500 more people die each year from cancer than in 1982. This is mainly due to population growth. More than 4 in 5 deaths from cancer occur in people over 60 years of age5
  • Around 69% of people diagnosed with cancer in Australia will survive more than five years after diagnosis. 
  • The 5-year survival rate for “all cancers combined” has increased from 50% in 1986-1990 to 69% in 2012-20166
  • Around 417,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancers were treated in 20107, with 2,094 people dying from non-melanoma skin cancer in 20188
  • Cancer in Australia costs around $6.3 billion each year in direct health system costs9
  • Over $1.77 billion was spent on cancer research between 2006 and 2011 in Australia, and over $252 million was spent between 2016 and 2018. The Australian Government was the largest contributor, at 60% and 74% in the respective periods. 10,11 

For more national cancer statistics, visit:



Global cancer statistics12

The World Health Organisation estimates that Australia and New Zealand were ranked the countries with the world’s highest age-standardised incidence rates for all-cancers (including non-melanoma skin cancer) in 2018, at 468 per 100,000 and 438 per 100,000 respectively. 

Ireland, Hungary, USA, Belgium, France, Denmark, Norway and The Netherlands were ranked the eight next highest countries for cancer incidence in the world. 

Excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, Australia ranks the 7 th-highest country globally for new cancer diagnoses (2018 data) at 320.5 per 100,000. 

For more global cancer statistics, visit the World Cancer Research Fund cancer facts & figures

References

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