Cancer is the leading cause of disease and death in Australia

The Cancer Institute NSW identifies that, on average, one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with a form of cancer during their lifetime.

In 2010, 39,484 new cases were diagnosed across NSW and 13,698 people died from the disease. This is an alarming statistic, but the reality is, based on current trends, it is projected there will be over 30 per cent more cases in the next 10 years.

The good news is, even though new cases the disease are increasing, prevention campaigns, early detection programs, and advances in treatment and research are making a difference.

The current five-year survival rate in NSW is more than 64 per cent, which is on par with the best health systems in the world.