Cancer rates by location

See how cancer rates are distributed by characteristics of the area (SA3).

Each dot represents an area of Australia. The black line represents the national average, so means the area has a rate above the national average, means below average, is average, and means there is no data for this area or is too small to be considered reliable. the dots for more information. You can also search by postcode.

Note: scale is relative, rates are age-standardised and per 100,000 people

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AVG. Aus. Major Cities Inner Regional Outer Regional Remote Very Remote

  1. Incidence rate is the number of new cases of cancer diagnosed in a given time period (in this case 5 years), relative to a population. Mortatlity rate is the number of deaths from a given cancer in a given time period, relative to a population. The Mortality-to-Incidence ratio (MIR) is the ratio of deaths from cancer to its incidence. see notes here
  2. The cancer data is from AIHW, and covers the years 2009-2013, which is then age standarised. View the data here
  3. The data is grouped by areas the ABS uses known as SA3s (Statisical Area Level 3). More info on SA3s here. The SA3 data is from 2011
  4. Median weekly personal income and the percent of the population that are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander were taken from Census QuickStats (2011)
  5. Remoteness was calculated based on the % of population within each of the Remoteness Areas (RA), from 1 ('Major Cities') to 5 ('Very Remote'). More info here
  6. This data only counts breast cancer for women