28 Brisbane locals diagnosed with cancer every day

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28 Brisbane locals are diagnosed with cancer every day according to the latest statistics, which reveal cancer cases in Queensland have more than tripled over the past 32 years.

Cancer Council’s Cancer Research Centre has released 2014 data and trends (the latest available) for incidence, survival, mortality and prevalence, providing the latest snapshot of cancer in Queensland.

In Brisbane, around 10,129 people are diagnosed with cancer every year, and about 3152 people die from the disease.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the data revealed prostate cancer was the most common cancer diagnosed in Brisbane.

“Around 1503 local men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, and about 220 will die from the disease,” Ms Clift said.

“The top five most common cancers for Brisbane men are prostate cancer, melanoma, bowel cancer, lung cancer and non-hodgkin lymphoma.

“The top five most common cancers for Brisbane women are breast cancer, melanoma, bowel cancer, lung cancer and uterine cancer.

“Melanoma is the second most common cancer in the region, with around 1363 new cases diagnosed annually, followed by breast cancer with 1307 new cases, bowel cancer with 1131 new cases and lung cancer with 830 new cases.

“Lung cancer remains the region’s biggest cancer killer, with around 620 locals dying from the disease each year.

“About 389 locals will die from bowel cancer every year, 220 from prostate cancer and about 200 from breast cancer.”

The latest snapshot of cancer in Brisbane shows across all cancer types, the average five-year relative survival rate is 72 per cent.

At least a third of all cancer cases in Brisbane could be prevented – around 3376 cases every year.

“While survival rates are improving overall – we have the resources and information available to prevent at least nine cases of cancer every day in Brisbane,” Ms Clift said.

At the end of 2014, there were 91,020 Queenslanders alive who had been diagnosed with cancer in the previous five years

“All Queenslanders should participate in recommended cancer screening, quit smoking, eat healthily, exercise, maintain a healthy weight, stay SunSmart and limit alcohol intake to reduce the risk of preventable cancers.”

The 2014 Cancer Research Centre has published data from the Queensland Cancer Registry and is available online at qcsol.cancerqld.org.au.

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For more information or interviews, please contact:
Katie Clift,
Executive Manager,
Media and Spokesperson,
Cancer Council Queensland
Phone: (07) 3634 5372
Mobile: 0409 001 171