Cancer incidence, mortality and burden are all significantly higher in Aboriginal Australians compared to non-Aboriginal Australians.
In 2014, cancer was the cause of one in every five deaths of Aboriginal Australians.
When compared to non-Aboriginal Australians, this same data suggests that Aboriginal Australians are 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with any type of cancer, and have a five-year survival rate that is 14 per cent lower, at just 44 per cent. Lung cancer is ranked first both in terms of incidence and mortality in Aboriginal Australians, the mortality rate is 1.8 times higher than in non-Aboriginal Australians. It is the cause of 134 deaths per year.
Cancer Council SA is developing an ongoing series of programs and projects, designed to address and minimise these disparities so that everyone has the opportunity to live a life without, or beyond cancer. These programs provide culturally appropriate avenues for accessing support services and prevention programs, informed by the latest data available.
Specifically, they enable you to connect with others to gain emotional and practical support, to lower your risk of developing cancer in the first place, to participate in screening and early detection, and to reach out to further support services as you need them.
There are some cancer risk factors that you can’t change—like age, family history or previous medical history. But that doesn’t mean you can’t lower your cancer risk in other ways. One in three cancers can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle.
Cancer Council SA offers a range of support services that you can access if and when you need them. We can help by listening and talking about your cancer experience, or more practical things like accommodation, finance and legal support.
Find out more about our Aboriginal Cancer Screening Program, where we work collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a respectful and meaningful way to improve health outcomes..