Patterns of cancer burden across Australia

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What is the Australian Cancer Atlas?

Research studies have long shown that where people live can have an impact on their health and affect the likelihood of being diagnosed with chronic diseases, like cancer.

In 2011, an Atlas of Cancer in Queensland was launched and proved to be an important resource that influenced key policy initiatives designed to reduce the geographical variation of cancer diagnoses across the state.

While other state-based cancer atlases have been released, a need for a comprehensive Australian-wide atlas was identified to provide a national perspective of how the burden of cancer varied by geographical areas.

The Australian Cancer Atlas is a collaborative study funded by the FrontierSI (formerly the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information), Cancer Council Queensland, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and Queensland University of Technology. The Atlas has additional support from the Centre for Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship. It has been endorsed by the Australasian Association of Cancer Registries and Cancer Council Australia, and investigators access expertise from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS).

Outline of Australia

129,389

Cancers Diagnosed Per Year

38,033

Excess Deaths Per Year

2,148

Small Geographical Regions (SA2)

21

Cancer Types

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