Latest research 09 Feb 2017
More Australians to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year
In 2017, an estimated 17,730 Australians – 17,586 women and 144 men – will be diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s newly released Cancer in Australia 2017 report.
Breast cancer in women will be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia this year.
BCNA CEO Christine Nolan said the number is significantly higher than BCNA had been expecting.
‘In 2016, it was estimated that 16,030 people would be diagnosed (15,930 women and 150 men),’ Christine said. ‘While we were expecting a small increase in the numbers this year due mainly to Australia’s ageing population, an increase of 1,700 to 17,730 comes as a shock.
It means 48 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia every day this year.”
The AIHW has advised BCNA that its predication is based on the actual number of breast cancer cases in 2012 and 2013 (the latest years for which the statistics are confirmed). These were higher than had been expected.
“We will continue to expand our programs, services and information resources as the number of Australians diagnosed with breast cancer increases, with a number of new initiatives set to be launched throughout 2017,” Christine said.
More information on the latest breast cancer statistics is available on the Understanding breast cancer page of our website.
The Cancer in Australia 2017 report is available at the AIHW website.