VCR publications

The Victorian Cancer Registry (VCR) has collected population-based cancer data over many years. It holds a large and valuable research dataset, which plays a vital role in providing cancer information to individuals and organisations.

Our VCR team prides itself on the timely publication of cancer information. We were the first population-based cancer registry to publish 2012 cancer statistics – ahead of other national and international population-based cancer registries.

Cancer in Victoria: Statistics & trends 2014 PDF(1.74mb)

This is the fifth consecutive year that when have been able to make statewide cancer incidence and mortality statistics available within 12 months of the diagnosis year, making it among the most current in the world. It includes survival estimates, projections of incidence and mortality for up to 2029, and cancer statistics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians for 2010-2014. There is also a more detailed analysis of prostate cancer, including Medicare data on PSA testing and its relationship to incidence rates.

Cancer in Victoria: Cancer Risk 2015 PDF(1.47mb)

This report provides details of the age related risk of developing cancer associated with fourteen selected cancers: bladder, bowel, brain & central nervous system, breast, head & neck, lung, lymphoid, melanoma, myeloid, ovary, pancreas, prostate, stomach and uterus cancers.

The risk estimates are based on information reported to the Victorian Cancer Registry relating to cancer diagnoses in Victoria from 2008 to 2012. The estimates are presented in two formats (graphs and tables) which provide an indication of the chance of developing the selected cancers by a specified age.

The report also summarises information about years of potential life lost, age standardised incidence and mortality rates, risk to age 75, relative survival and the risk factors associated with these cancers.

Cancer in Victoria: Statistics & trends 2013 PDF(978kb)

Overview of 2013 cancer incidence and mortality data for Victoria, as well as trends for leading cancers for 1982-2013. There are survival estimates for 2012 and projections of incidence and mortality for up to 2028. The report includes cancer statistics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians for the five-year period 2009-2013. There is also a more detailed analysis of breast cancer including, for the first time, information on stage at diagnosis and tumours detected through the BreastScreen mammographic screening program since it began in 1994.

Cancer Survival in Victoria 2012 PDF(1.2mb)

This report is a summary of the latest survival figures for Victorians with cancer in 2006–10. It includes:

  • Tables for all cancers combined for all Victorians, for children under 15 years and for adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 years.
  • Separate tables for 35 common cancer types.
  • For each cancer, differences are examined by sex, age at diagnosis, region of residence and a variety of prognostic factors which may influence survival.
  • For the first time, we're also able to present survival by disease stage for selected cancers: tumour thickness for melanoma, TNM stage for breast cancer and Gleason score for prostate cancer.
This report updates survival figures previously published in English D, Farrugia H, Thursfield V, Cheng P, Giles G. Cancer Survival Victoria 2007: Estimates of survival in 2004 (and comparisons with earlier periods). Cancer Council Victoria, Melbourne, 2007. (PDF 666kb)

Cancer in Victoria: Statistics & trends 2012 PDF(1.3mb)

Overview of 2012 incidence and mortality statistics and trends for the leading cancers for 1982–2012. Cancer survival 1987–2011 and projections of incidence and mortality to 2023–2027. For the first time, the report includes information  on cancer in Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as a  review of trends in cervical cancer in Victorian women from 1982 to 2012. This report includes information about the Victorian Cancer Registry, incidence & mortality reporting and statistical methods.

Cancer in Victoria: Statistics & trends 2011 PDF(485kb)  

Overview of 2011 incidence and mortality statistics and trends for the leading cancers for 1982–2011. Cancer survival 1986–2010 and projections of incidence and mortality to 2022–2026. About the Victorian Cancer Registry, incidence & mortality reporting; statistical methods. 

Cancer in Victoria: Statistics & trends 2010 PDF(1.27mb) 

Cancer incidence & mortality reporting; Table of cancers by ICD-10 codes; Overview of 2010 statistics; Statistical methods; Cancer incidence in Victoria 2010 by age, sex and site; Trends in incidence and mortality from 1982–2010 for the leading cancers; Cancer survival and projections of incidence to 2013.

Cancer in Victoria: Social Context 2010  PDF(1.94mb) 

This edition features the social drivers and recent trends for the top 5 most common cancers, plus cervical cancer and all cancers combined. It also includes the most up-to-date information on incidence, mortality, survival, lifetime risk and average age at diagnosis, for each of these cancers.

Childhood Cancer 2010 PDF(975kb)

Describes cancer incidence, mortality and survival in Victorian children under 15 years. Includes statistics for cancer types most common in children and shows trends since 1982, with international comparisons.

Second Primary Cancers in Victoria

This monograph has been produced to describe the risk of developing a second primary invasive cancer after the diagnosis of the first. It presents an analysis for all cancers and for 23 common cancer types, examining second primary cancers detected during a 23-year period following diagnosis of the first cancer.

Other cancers and topics

Digests of facts and figures. Several issues are published each year including annual cancer incidence and mortality data.

Most issues focus on a particular cancer type or topic and include local, national or international statistics on incidence, mortality and survival.

Reportable cancers PDF(700kb)

Document to help hospitals, prescribed health services, pathology services and prescribed registers to identify cancer cases that are reportable to the Victorian Cancer Registry.

Contact the Victorian Cancer Registry for more information.

Updated: 01 Feb, 2016