Cancer statistics and trends in South Australia.
Cancer is a leading burden of disease in South Australia with an average of 27 new cancer diagnoses made each day. In 2016, a total of 9,878 South Australians were diagnosed with cancer.
For South Australian males, the most commonly diagnosed cancers in 2016 were prostate cancer (accounting for 26% of all male cancers), colorectal cancer (12%), and lung cancer (9%). The most common cancers for South Australian females in 2016 were breast cancer (29%), colorectal cancer (11%), and lung cancer (9%).
Over half (63%) of cancers diagnosed in 2016 were in South Australians aged over 65 years.
Between 2012 and 2016 male incidence rates in South Australia decreased by 2.4% per annum, while female incidence rates remained steady during this period.
In 2016, 3,561 South Australians died from cancer, an average of 10 South Australians each day. Lung cancer (19%) and colorectal cancer (12%) were the leading causes of cancer deaths in South Australia.
Between 2012 and 2016 mortality rates in males have shown a decrease of 1.0% per annum, while female rates have decreased by 2.1%.
South Australian Cancer Registry (2019): Cancer in South Australia 2016 - with projections to 2019. Adelaide: South Australian Department for Health and Ageing.
Links to national and international cancer statistics:
• South Australian cancer statistics from the SA department of health
• Australian cancer statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
• International cancer statistics from the International Agency for Research on Cancer
Last reviewed August 2019.