Cancer has become the leading cause of death in Australia, according to a report by the World Health Organization released yesterday to mark World Cancer Day. The global epidemic caused over 8 million deaths in 2012, with 40,000 in Australia, which has the third-highest cancer incidence. Last year, 125,000 Australians were diagnosed. The Cancer Council Australia says that one in three women and two in three men are likely to be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85.
The number of cancer-related deaths has decreased in the last few years due to improved treatments, but the number of diagnoses has been steadily growing since the 1990s. It’s estimated the number of cases will increase 20% by 2020, reaching 150,000.