It is sad to say, but most of us have had a loved one, close friend or work colleague die of cancer. Cancer is not confined to the elderly, many Cancer victims are young, in the prime of their life with families and careers. Like many others, I am shocked and saddened to see so many people, particularly young people taken by Cancer, with little or no warning.
The Cancer Council has released statistics for 2019 which shadows that of the statistics of a decade ago.
Cancer is a common disease and a major health problem in Australia today. At current rates, it is expected 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
An estimated 145,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year.
Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia – almost 55,000 deaths from cancer are estimated for 2019.
The most common cancers for men and women are listed in order below:
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