Australian Men Twice As Likely To Get Cancer

Australian Men are twice as likely to get cancer as the rest of the world according to new data from the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Men in Australia have a 1 in 2 chance of getting cancer before the age of 75 (compared to less that 1 in 4 worldwide). For Australian women the chances of getting cancer are 1 in 3.

Latest estimates predict there will be over 500 new cases of cancer every day in Australia in 2018, with men accounting for 3 out of 5 new cases. The figures are inflated to some extent by the fact that Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Around 30% of new cases in Australia are non-melanoma skin cancer, which is not life-threatening in the majority of cases.

After non-melanoma skin cancer, breast and prostate cancer remain the most common cancers in Australia, with each recording around 18,000 new cases a year. Prostate cancer remains the biggest cancer killer and is expected to claim the lives of 9 men a day in 2018. 

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