Breast Cancer

There were 100,514 new cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia in 2005 . The five most common cancers were prostate cancer (16,349 cases), colorectal cancer (13,076), breast cancer (12,265), melanoma of the skin (10,684) and lung cancer (9,182). These five cancers accounted for over 61% of all diagnoses.

Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer diagnosis in women, accounting for over 27% of all cancers in Australian women ie 12,170 cases of 44,356 new cases of cancer diagnosed in females in Australia in 2005 (latest figures available).

In 2005 there were 39,097 deaths from cancer in Australia. Overall, the five most common cancer deaths were from lung cancer (7,427 deaths), colorectal cancer (4,165), cancer of unknown primary site (3,445), prostate cancer (2,949) and breast cancer (2,726). These five cancers accounted for 53% of all deaths from cancer.

(Source: Cancer in Australia, an overview. 2008Cancer in Australia, an overview. 2008 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).

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