- There were 44,491 cases of invasive cancer diagnosed in NSW in 2017.
- 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 59% of all new cases.
- In 2020 there are 48,846 projected new cases of cancer and 15,756 cancer deaths expected in NSW.
- 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.