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1 May 2014

New cancer cases in WA close to 12 000

The latest Cancer incidence and mortality in Western Australia report, shows there were 11 939 new cancer cases in Western Australia in 2012, up two per cent from the 11 636 cases recorded in 2011.

Dr Tim Threlfall from the WA Cancer Registry said 6689 males and 5250 females were diagnosed with cancer in 2012.

He said that despite the increase in the number of cancer cases, cancer rates in WA men per 100 000 were significantly lower than in the last two years. The cancer rate in females remained stable.

"Breast cancer remains the most common cancer for women and prostate cancer for men but colorectal cancer was the most common cancer affecting both males and females," he said.

Lung cancer is still the biggest cancer-related killer of both males and females with 488 men and 361 women losing their lives to lung cancer in 2012. While lung cancer incidence and mortality are declining among men, rates among women continue to increase.

Pancreatic cancer was the fourth most common cause of cancer death in both sexes.

"Overall, there were 4002 deaths from cancer in 2012, up from 3682 in 2011," Dr Threlfall said.

Men accounted for 2273 of all cancer deaths and 1729 women lost their lives to cancer in 2012.

The Cancer incidence and mortality in Western Australia report is compiled annually by the Western Australian Cancer Registry. It provides population-based cancer data for use in the planning of health care services and the support of cancer-related research.

Other key findings of the report include:

  • There were 80 deaths from non-melanoma skin cancer in 2012, 79 per cent of them in men. The number of deaths from non-melanoma skin cancer continues to increase.
  • There were 79 children under the age of 15 diagnosed with cancer in 2012
  • All cancer mortality rates for 2012 were 105 deaths per 100,000 males and 73 deaths per 100,000 females.

To view the full report visit the Department of Health Western Australian Cancer Registry website.  

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