Delivering a Healthy WA
Western Australian Cancer Registry

Common cancers by type

Incidence

The most common cancers in males in 2008 were prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, melanoma and lung cancer.

Breast cancer was most common among females, followed by colorectal cancer, melanoma and lung cancer, as in 2007.

Based on 2008 data:

  • one in 7 men could be expected to have a diagnosis of prostate cancer before the age of 75
  • one in 11 women could be expected to develop breast cancer

Mortality

Among Western Australian residents, there were 3655 deaths due to cancer in 2008:

  • 2082 in males
  • 1573 in females

All-cancers mortality rates for 2008 were 117 deaths per 100,000 males (slightly lower than in 2007) and 77 per 100,000 females (also lower).

The most common causes of cancer-related death were, as usual in recent years:

  • males – lung, colorectal and prostate cancers
  • females – lung, breast and colorectal cancers

Based on 2008 data:

  • one in 103 men could be expected to die from prostate cancer before age 75
  • one in 64 women could be expected to die from breast cancer

More information:

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