Your say on cancer – data
The below cancer facts were presented to survey participants to provide a basic understanding of these cancers and how they affect the Western Australian population.
- Both women and men have an average survival rate of 67%.
- In 2012 there were 415 deaths due to bowel cancer in Western Australia.
- Excessive red meat consumption, being overweight, insufficient fibre and alcohol consumption are all causes of bowel cancer.
- Australia ranks highest in survival rates compared to Canada, New Zealand, the UK and USA.
Learn more about Bowel cancer symptoms, treatment and prevention.
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, with 1600 new cases reported each year in Western Australia.
- In 2012 there were 285 deaths due to breast cancer in Western Australia.
- Being overweight and alcohol consumption are risk factors for breast cancer.
Learn about breast cancer symptoms, treatment and prevention.
- In 2012, there were a total of 1031 new cases and 849 deaths due to lung cancer in Western Australia.
- Five year survival from lung cancer was 14% for men and 17% for women in Western Australia.
- People with lung cancer spent a total of 82,914 days in hospital in 2012 in Western Australia.
- 86% of all lung cancer cases are directly related to smoking and therefore could be prevented.
- Australia ranks the highest in lung cancer survival compared to Canada, New Zealand, The UK and USA.
Learn more about lung cancer symptoms, treatment and prevention.
Oesophageal and stomach cancer
- In 2012, Oesophageal and stomach cancer affected more than double the amount of men than women in Western Australia.
- Smoking and insufficient fruit and vegetable consumption are risk factors for both oesophageal and stomach cancer.
- Infections and high salt intake have also been linked to stomach cancer.
- Alcohol consumption and being overweight/obese have also been linked to oesophageal cancer.
Learn more about oesophageal and stomach cancer symptoms, treatment and prevention.
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Public Health – Epidemiology Branch
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