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Learn about cancer

Find out more about cancer and the impact it has on NSW.

Cancer impacts the lives of many people in New South Wales – people living with a cancer diagnosis, caring for a loved one, or searching for a cure.

In 2015, 43,378 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in NSW and 14,035 died from the disease.

Cancer is now the largest burden of disease in Australia, surpassing cardiovascular disease.

On average, one in two people in NSW will be diagnosed with a form of cancer by the age of 85.

The experience of having cancer is not the same for everyone; cancers can start almost anywhere in the body and most cancers are not caused by a single event.

Understanding cancer can help people to reduce their risk, approach their own diagnosis with confidence, or support other people living with the cancer.

Find data and information about how different cancers impact on the people of NSW. Cancer in NSW impacts people living with a cancer diagnosis, caring for a loved one, or searching for a cure.

doctor explaining cancer diagnosis to patient

Cancer is not a single disease—there are more than 200 types of cancers. Find out how they can be different and what that means.