Almost 156,000 Victorians are living with a diagnosis of
cancer made in the past decade according to figures released for the first time
The release of the data by the Victorian Cancer Registry
comes in the lead up to Daffodil Day, when the community joins together to raise much-needed funds for cancer
research, patient support and prevention programs.
The figures reveal that as of 1 January, 2012 there were
155,911 Victorians (or 2.8% of the population) living with a diagnosis of
cancer in the previous 10 years. Slightly more than half, or 54%, were
Prostate and breast cancer have the highest prevalence
because they are among the most common to be diagnosed and also have high rates
of survival. Together, these two diseases account for 40% of the
overall prevalence for Victoria with 35,000 cases of prostate and 27,000 cases
of breast cancer.
This is the first detailed picture of Victoria's cancer
prevalence, which is defined as the number of people who are alive on a specified
date and have previously been diagnosed with cancer.
Both cancer incidence and survival have been increasing in
Victoria, resulting in more people living with cancer.
Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper said one in every
two people will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
"Every day, another 78 Victorians are diagnosed with cancer.
There are also people living in every community in the state who have survived
cancer, and all of those people have ongoing needs when it comes to treatment
"That is why funds raised for patient support through
campaigns like Daffodil Day are so critical. As the number of cancer survivors
increases we know that more people will need different types of support after
treatment, and to meet those needs the Cancer Council will need the ongoing
support of all Victorians."
The Cancer Council has created a map of Victoria to
demonstrate how cancer affects every Local Government Area, and provided an
example of some of the support services that are being provided in those