The Australian region where cancer is most prevalent

New data reveals cancer levels and mortality rates across Australia.

Cancer levels across Australia

Where you live can have an impact on your chances of falling victim to cancer, according to the latest figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The AIHW data presents the latest figures on cancer incidence and mortality across Australia, with some surprising findings.

The incidence of all cancers combined across Australia averaged 544.8 people per 100,000. The place in Australia with the lowest incidence of cancer was the Northern Territory, with 305.5 people per 100,000 suffering from some form of the disease. The Northern Territory also had the lowest mortality rate from cancer across Australia (118.2 deaths per 100,000 people).

The region with the highest incidence of cancer was the north coast of NSW, with 778.7 people per 100,000. The NSW north coast also had the highest mortality rate from cancer across Australia (298.5 deaths per 100,000 people).

The data also separates the figures for six selected cancers (female breast cancer, bowel cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer, melanoma of the skin, and prostate cancer).

The incidence of female breast cancer for those aged 50-69 was highest in northern Sydney (348.6 people per 100,000) and lowest in the Northern Territory (265.5 people per 100,000).

The incidence of bowel (colorectal) cancer for those aged 50-74 was highest in Tasmania (171.2 people per 100,000) and lowest in central and eastern Sydney (121 people per 100,000).

While cancer in the Northern Territory is among the lowest in the country, it does have the highest rate of cervical cancer (11.9 people per 100,000). Eastern Melbourne has the lowest incidence of cervical cancer (4.8 people per 100,000).

Western Queensland has the highest incidence of lung cancer (61.4 cases per 100,000 people), while the ACT has the lowest (30.7 cases per 100,000 people).

Not surprisingly, the warmest regions in Australia dominate the list of places where skin cancer is most prevalent. Top of the list is the NSW north coast (89.7 cases per 100,000 people), with the Gold Coast not far behind (76.4 cases per 100,000 people). Melbourne’s north west had the lowest incidence of skin cancer across Australia (25.5 cases per 100,000 people).

Look over the AIHW data. How does your region rate for its cancer risk?

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    Hobbit
    28th Feb 2018
    11:12am
    The AIHW site says:
    In 2011–2015, the age-standardised cancer mortality rate was highest in PHN Northern Territory
    Tib
    28th Feb 2018
    11:27am
    for six selected cancers (female breast cancer, bowel cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer, melanoma of the skin, and prostate cancer).
    Ok where is the data on prostrate cancer since last time I got any info more men die of prostrate cancer than women die of breast cancer. It's not about women so no one cares even men. I wouldn't mind seeing how much is spent on breast cancer as compared to prostrate cancer. Which should give you the guys an idea how much you're valued in the community. The answer is no one gives a rats.
    Coachman on the box
    28th Feb 2018
    11:42am
    Hey, Tib, what's lying down cancer? And before you get all huffy about being a downtrodden male victim of an uncaring society, just remember that women can check their breasts for lumps way more easily than we can check our prostate. To do so we'd have to become proctologists and even then the procedure would be difficult and uncomfortable for most of us in the vulnerable age group. Just go get your PSA levels checked and stop whining.
    Ella
    28th Feb 2018
    12:12pm
    Comes back to motivation also. Women are more motivated to look after their health and get to a doctor regularly. They are more supportive of each other also. Trying to get males to give a damn can be hard work . I had to nag my husband for 6 months to get him to visit the doctor for a lesion which turned out to be melanoma.
    When they're ready to stand up for themselves and do the talking they will get more attention
    Tib
    28th Feb 2018
    12:16pm
    Coachman the prostrate still needs checking occasionally in the old fashion way you will have to trust me on that. And what's your problem with prostrate cancer getting at least a tenth of the spending that breast cancer gets. Even if you find out you have prostrate cancer no where near the amount of money is being spent on a reasonable cure.i fully expect women to be greedy selfish and shallow it's their nature and I wouldnt expect them to care about prostrate cancer. But I've never understood idiots like you a male who doesn't care about it either. Wifey tell you you're not important so you agreed with her.
    But look on the bright side you can ask your wife to check your prostrate since you're obviously a hand puppet. So stop whining.
    Tib
    28th Feb 2018
    12:19pm
    Ella your right about one thing women do support themselves and other women, I've never known them to think about anything else.
    Ella
    28th Feb 2018
    12:23pm
    Ouch .....sad life ?
    My husband is alive because i supported him
    Tib
    28th Feb 2018
    12:26pm
    As you say you did nag him but let's be honest you were doing it anyway. He was probably hoping the cancer would kill him.
    ray from Bondi
    28th Feb 2018
    1:20pm
    here here
    Knight Templar
    28th Feb 2018
    4:29pm
    Tib, I recall seeing UK data that indicated more men are now dying from prostate cancer than women are dying from breast cancer. Women are certainly more likely to see a doctor and report concerns about their health. Unfortunately, men tend to be more stoic and reluctant to seek medical advice or intervention.

    Isn't that exactly the reason why more money should be spent on informing men about potential health risks. On average, men die at a younger age than women, are more likely to die from cardiac arrest, strokes and potentially cancer than women, yet the bulk of health funds is spent on females.
    Tib
    28th Feb 2018
    5:03pm
    I agree knight , you often find women on this site and women in general using our stoic nature as a prize opportunity for victim blaming something women are only too quick to screech about if it's done to them and very quick to do if they are talking about men. Usual double standards. Ella is a typical example.
    Usually when women have a problem they have male support but men of course have no support because as we know women only support themselves.
    I'm sure you know our suicde rate are 3 times that of women.
    Prostrate cancer has a higher death rate than breast cancer and the list goes on. And as usual our health needs are completely ignored. Where as women's issues have enormous funding. Why because we support women but ignore our own needs and women use this to get more and more money.
    Anonymous
    28th Feb 2018
    5:51pm
    RIGHT ON, Tib. women outlive men on average by about 7 years, but funding for women's health grossly outstrips men's. BLOODY FEMINAZIS!!!
    Tib
    28th Feb 2018
    5:57pm
    Knight one of the biggest problems is coachman and his type , stop whining he says in very stoic male fashion. Ignoring his own needs and the needs of other men. Women love to support his type because they give women everything they want and when he dies of prostrate cancer they will blame him for that same stoic nature for not doing enough to help himself. Not that they will be helping anyone but themselves. No wonder there is no support for men's health.
    Tib
    28th Feb 2018
    5:59pm
    Red pill.
    Tib
    28th Feb 2018
    8:11pm
    For any guys that are interested in men's issues a good place to start is on you tube.
    Look up
    An ear for men
    Karen straughan
    Knight Templar
    1st Mar 2018
    9:37am
    Tib, you are correct ... Coachman needs to see the 'Red Pill'. It might (presuming he hasn't got a closed mind) give him a better understanding of men's issues.
    Donath
    1st Mar 2018
    1:20pm
    *prostate*

    not prostrate!
    Tib
    1st Mar 2018
    2:32pm
    Donath thank you little miss spellcheck. A silver star for you. And if you are very good maybe later you'll get a stamp.Ha ha
    Hoohoo
    4th Mar 2018
    5:32pm
    What sad & bitter old fellas you seem to be!

    If you'd ever lost a close member of your family to cancer, I'm sure you wouldn't be quibbling about their gender. You'd be so overcome with grief you'd realise there are much more important things in life to be thinking about. To lose a child to cancer is even more devastating.

    If it's true, as you say Tib, that more money is spent on women's health, perhaps that's because females have so many more sites on their bodies where cancer may occur, & more hormones that may impact on their health. Obviously a lot of the health budget is spent on the birthing of babies, which of course would fall under the heading of "women's health". And then there's contraception and reproductive health matters. It only makes sense that more money is spent on females. It's silly to divide the health budget on gender numbers & draw conclusions about a gender bias.

    You'll be glad to know that 103 baby boys are born to every 100 baby girls.
    Ella
    28th Feb 2018
    12:20pm
    I wonder if there is simply more people retiring to northern NSW so older population and higher incidence of cancers. We dont get to see what controls are in these studies. Just stats
    KSS
    28th Feb 2018
    2:10pm
    "The region with the highest incidence of cancer was the north coast of NSW, with 778.7 people per 100,000. The NSW north coast also had the highest mortality rate from cancer across Australia (298.5 deaths per 100,000 people)."


    Hmmm.... isn't this the same area renowned for its 'alternative' lifestyles, low vaccination rates and unfluoridated water?

    28th Feb 2018
    5:49pm
    It's obviously too much exposure to solar radiation in Northern Australian, and the excessive intake of booze. Maybe Aboriginal genetics has something to do with it too...
    Sundays
    28th Feb 2018
    7:45pm
    Sometimes you’re too much Tib. However, I was shocked to find out that we had to pay around $360 for my husband to have an MRI of his prostrate. It should be free the way breast screening for women is free. The cost alone would be enough of a deterrent for many men. I insisted he have the MRI. It was inconclusive and specialist wanted my husband to have a biopsy which he refused. Sometimes men are their own worst enemies.
    Tib
    28th Feb 2018
    8:36pm
    I don't pull any punches. Doesn't make me any friends ha ha. Well I'm pleased to see you are there for him , you would also be shocked at the number of women that aren't. Unfortunately the consequences of prostrate cancer make many men feel like not fighting it. Also unfortunately so little is spent on men's health no improvement on the situation is expected. I don't know whether I would bother either. I've seen what happens when it spreads. I hate to say it but he might be doing the right thing. Maybe some funding may improve the outcome. Don't expect any change there either.
    Tib
    28th Feb 2018
    9:06pm
    By the way if your husband is like me he had the MRI to make you feel better but that was far as he was willing to go.
    Charlie
    28th Feb 2018
    10:55pm
    NSW North Coast and Gold Coast now what could cause cancer there?? Its age that's where people go to retire.
    Sevi
    1st Mar 2018
    5:13pm
    Don't know, once again Western Australia is not mentioned


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