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Cancer Statistics Can Be Scary

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World epidemic

In my wandering about on the internet searching for prostate cancer information I often come across statistics. Now I usually find statistics boring stuff but suddenly I feel as if a light has just been switched on. Friends of mine, acquaintances and family members have, or have had cancer in the past. Some of these friends, acquaintances and family have died from their disease. I have advanced prostate cancer and until recently I considered my cancer as being fairly uncommon in the scheme of things and that I was unlucky to be in this position. Statistics have changed my opinion in a large way, now that I have actually paid them some attention.

Here then are some figures for readers to ponder and it just may surprise some of you to see how prevalent cancer is in our society. The costs of cancer in the medical sense for any country throughout the world is enormous.

While reading this information give some thought to how fortunate we in Australia are with our current health care system. There are countries in the world where medical assistance for any illness is either very basic, non-existent or unaffordable for the population.

Cancer in Australia

  1. An estimated 121,500 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year, with that number set to rise to 150,000 by 2020.
  2. 1 in 2 Australian men and 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
  3. Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia – more than 43,000 people are estimated to have died from cancer in 2010.
  4. Nearly 15,000 more people die each year from cancer than 30 years ago, this is due mainly to population growth and aging. However, the death rate (number of deaths per 100,000 people) has fallen by 16%.
  5. More than 60% of people diagnosed with cancer in Australia will survive more than five years after diagnosis.
  6. The survival rate for many common cancers has increased by 30 per cent in the past two decades.
  7. The most common cancers in Australia (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) are prostate, colorectal (bowel), breast, melanoma and lung cancer.
  8. Around 434,000 people are treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers each year, with 448 people dying in 2007.
  9. Cancer costs more than $3.8 billion in direct health system costs (7.2%).
  10. $378 million was spent on cancer research in 2000-01, 22% of all health research expenditure in Australia.

 ( These figures are staggering when you do the maths over a ten-year period. It amounts to approx 1.3 million Australians experiencing a diagnosis of cancer of any type with nearly 500,000 deaths )

Prostate Cancer Statistics For Australia

What is the chance for a diagnosis of prostate cancer:

For a man in his 40s – 1 in 1000

For a man in his 50s – 12 in 1000

For a man in his 60s – 45 in 1000

For a man in his 70s – 80 in 1000

  1. Each year in Australia, close to 3,300 men die of prostate cancer – equal to the number of women who die from breast cancer annually. Around 20,000 new cases are diagnosed in Australia every year.
  2. Each day about 32 men learn news that they have prostate cancer – tragically one man every three hours will lose his battle against this insidious disease
  3. One in 9 men in Australia will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime
  4. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men and is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in men.

( Again these figures are amazing if calculated over a ten-year period. Prostate cancer diagnosis in men approx 200,000. Deaths from prostate cancer approx 33,000. You can double these figures when including women with breast cancer over a ten-year period.)

 For comparison I would like to submit some statistics from America and worldwide.

Cancer in America

1.  An estimated 1.6 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in America this year.

2.  An estimated 577,000 American men, women and children will die from cancer this year.

3.  An estimated 241,000 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.

4.  An estimated 28,170 American men will die from prostate cancer this year.

5.  An estimated 51 million American men, women and children do not have health insurance.

( Prostate and breast cancer figures in America are similar so the prostate figures quoted above could be doubled to include women with breast cancer)

Cancer Worldwide

1. There were approx 12.7 million new cases of cancer diagnosed worldwide in 2008.

2. There were approx 7.6 million deaths from cancer worldwide in 2008.

3. There were approx 900,000 men diagnosed worldwide with prostate cancer in 2008.

4. There were approx 258,000 deaths from prostate cancer worldwide in 2008.

Cancer in Men and Women

The Incidence Of Cancer Is Certainly Not Unique, Scary Stuff This.

Further Reading.

Lee aka Popeye


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