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Cancer in NSW

Cancer in NSW impacts people living with a cancer diagnosis, caring for a loved one, or searching for a cure.

The current five-year survival rate for cancer in NSW is on par with the best health systems in the world.

Advances in prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer are allowing many more people to survive and live longer with the disease.

NSW is currently a leader in cancer care and treatment, but key facts show there is still work to be done.

in nsw in 2011 41057 new cases of cancer were diagnosed

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Find statistics and information about how cancers impact on the people of NSW - including incidence and survival data for many cancer types

  • There were 42,079 cases of invasive cancer diagnosed in NSW in 2012.
  • Men were 1.3 times more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than women. 
  • The most common cancers were—prostate, bowel, breast, melanoma and lung—these accounted for 60.9% of all new cases. 
  • Some of us are more affected by cancer than others. This includes:
    • Aboriginal communities
    • culturally and linguistically diverse communities
    • rural—remote communities
    • people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

As more people survive cancer, the impact on the healthcare system will increase.

This includes the need for long-term follow-up after treatment, ongoing rehabilitation and improved palliative care.

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