There were 100,514 new cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia in 2005 (the latest figures available). 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.


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).

Information about Melanoma:

Cancer Institute New South Wales - melanoma information and resources (note: you may need to register to access parts of this site, but it is free).

Improving Outcomes for People with Skin Tumours including Melanoma (2006)Improving Outcomes for People with Skin Tumours including Melanoma (2006)

LymphoedemaLymphoedema is a chronic swelling in part of the body that occurs because of a build-up of fluid in the body's tissues. Estimates suggest that about 20% of patients treated for melanoma, breast, gynaecological or prostate cancers will develop lymphoedema. There is no cure, but appropriate management and daily care can reduce swelling, improve movement and prevent infections.


Cancer Voices South Australia


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