Patterns of cancer burden across Australia

Australian Cancer Atlas

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Compare how the burden of cancer varies across Australia

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Understand how to use and interpret the information in the Atlas

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See the latest estimates for cancer diagnoses and excess deaths for each of 20 cancer types across 2,148 geographical areas

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Identify areas where the cancer burden is lower or higher than the Australian average

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).

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).

What are smoothed estimates?

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What is uncertainty?

How does the Cancer Atlas show uncertainty associated with the estimates?

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V plot

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A tale of two areas

Learn how to compare cancer estimates between two geographical regions

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Liver cancer

What are the geographical patterns of liver cancer diagnoses and survival across Australia?

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Lung cancer

What are the geographical patterns of lung cancer diagnsoes and survival across Australia?

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Outline of Australia

123,311

cancers diagnosed per year


33,784

Excess deaths per year


2,148

Small geographical regions (SA2)


20

Cancer types