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Cancer facts

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.

Bowel cancer

Bowel cancer statistics

  • Both women and men have an average survival rate of 67%.
  • In 2012 there were 415 deaths due to bowel cancer in Western Australia.

Bowel cancer risk factors

  • Excessive red meat consumption, being overweight, insufficient fibre and alcohol consumption are all causes of bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer survival rates in Australian compared to other countries

  • 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

Breast cancer statistics

  • 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.

Breast cancer risk factors

  • Being overweight and alcohol consumption are risk factors for breast cancer.

Breast cancer survival rates in Australia compared to other countries

Learn about breast cancer symptoms, treatment and prevention.

Cervical cancer

Cervical cancer statistics

  • In 2012 there were 14 deaths due to cervical cancer in Western Australia.
  • On average 22 years of life are lost per cervical cancer death.

Cervical cancer risk

Cervical cancer survival rates in Australia compared to other countries

Learn more about cervical cancer symptoms, treatment and prevention.

Lung cancer

Lung cancer statistics

  • 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.

Lung cancer risk factor

  • 86% of all lung cancer cases are directly related to smoking and therefore could be prevented.

Lung cancer survival rates in Australia compared to other countries

  • 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.

Melanoma

Melanoma statistics

  • Over 1000 cases of melanoma were reported in 2012 in Western Australia.
  • Survival rates are high, 90% for males and 94% for females.

  • Exposure to UV accounts for 86% of all melanoma cases.

Melanoma survival rates in Australia compared to other countries

Learn more about skin cancer symptoms, treatment and prevention.

Oesophageal and stomach cancer

Oseophageal and stomach cancer statistics

  • In 2012, Oesophageal and stomach cancer affected more than double the amount of men than women in Western Australia.

Risk factors

  • 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.

Oseophageal and stomach survival rates in Australia compared to other countries

Learn more about oesophageal and stomach cancer symptoms, treatment and prevention.

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer statistics

  • In 2012, over 2000 new cases of prostate cancer were recorded in Western Australia.
  • Prostate cancer affects men more than any other cancer.

Prostate cancer risk factors

  • The risk factors of prostate cancer are unknown.

Prostate cancer survival rates in Australia compared to other countries

Learn more about prostate cancer symptoms, treatment and prevention.

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Acknowledgements
Public Health – Epidemiology Branch 

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