Worrying stats reveal prevalence of cancer in CQ
CANCER Council Queensland will reveal new statistics today which show the prevalence of the disease within Central Queensland.
The Vital Cancer Research Centre's new statistics show around 1285 Central Queenslanders are diagnosed with cancer each year, and about 405 people die from the disease.
The information is part of the 2015 data and trends, the most recent information available from the Queensland Cancer Register, which will be released today.
Cancer Council Queensland chief executive Chris McMillan said the data showed the top five most commonly diagnosed cancers in Central Queensland are prostate cancer, melanoma, colorectal cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer.
"Each year, around 230 local men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and sadly about 30 local men die from the disease," Ms McMillan said.
"Melanoma is the second most common cancer for this region, with around 150 people diagnosed each year.
"About 150 locals are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year."
Ms McMillan said about 140 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.
"Lung cancer remains the region's biggest cancer killer, with around 125 diagnosed each year and about 95 dying from the disease," she said.
Overall, the number of cancers diagnosed each year in Queensland has more than tripled in the last three decades, from 8298 cases in 1982 to about 27,788 cases in 2015.
Across all cancer types in Queensland, the average five-year relative survival rate for 2011-15 is 71 per cent, up from 69 per cent for the period of 2006-10.
"While survival rates are improving, if current trends continue into the future, cancer will remain the leading burden of disease, impacting an increasing number of individuals and families, and placing an even greater burden on the community and the health system," Ms McMillan said.
"We all have a role to play in cancer control through reducing our own personal risk of some types of cancer by making healthy lifestyle choices, enabling early detection by getting to know our bodies and participating in recommended screening programs, and supporting continued investment into cancer research and support services."
The 2015 data is available onlineat cancerqld.org.au/qcsol.