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Projections indicate that more than 48,500 people across NSW will be told they have cancer in 2020.

What is the value in using data projections?

Projections of cancer incidence provide a valuable indication of the current and near future expected burden on the community.

They can better inform planning and decision-making, and assist in the efficient allocation of resources to meet the future needs of the health system for the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer.

What can we learn from data projections?

Cancer incidence projections are a mathematical extrapolation of past trends. They assume that the most recent trend will continue into the future.

The accuracy of the projections is impacted by a range of factors including changes in risk factors and early detection methods and the accuracy of projected population sizes.

2018 cancer incidence projections for bowel cancer, female breast cancer, lung cancer and melanoma for Sydney Local Government Areas.

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