WOMEN AND CANCER

Every day in Australia, around 65 women are told they have breast or a gynaecological cancer. Although one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer by age 85, a woman diagnosed today has a 90% chance of surviving for at least five years. Over 17,000 women in Australia will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. This figure will increase to 18,235 in 2018. Sadly, it is estimated that 3,087 of those women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 will die of the disease. Gynaecological cancers include ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal and vulvar cancer. Australia has been at the forefront of cervical cancer prevention for decades, and in 2017 a new and more effective National Cervical Screening Program was introduced. Cancer Council research helped inform these significant changes, which are expected to reduce cancer cases and deaths by 20%. Biennial Pap smears have been replaced with five-yearly tests for HPV (human papillomavirus), which is responsible for 99% of cervical cancers.

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our supporters

Meet some of the women affected by cancer and who support Cancer Council.

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Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women.

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Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian Cancer

The risk of being diagnosed before age 85 is 1 in 81.

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Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer

Around eight out of 10 women will become infected with genital HPV at some time in their lives.

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Vaginal Cancer

Vaginal Cancer

As with many cancers, the exact cause of most vaginal cancers is unknown.

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vulval cancer

vulval cancer

Cancer of the vulva has been linked to certain precancerous conditions.

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Uterine Cancer

Uterine Cancer

Endometrial cancers begin in the lining of the uterus (endometrium) and account for about 75% of all cases.

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