Fast facts about the most common men’s cancers in Australia

Supporting cancer research in AustraliaThere are over 200 types of cancer that can affect men. Prostate, bowel, melanoma and lung cancer are the most common cancers in Australian men. Right now, one in two men will be diagnosed with cancer before the age 85 — you can change this.

Today is the last day of September, a month where we focus on the impact that cancer has on Australian men. To raise awareness of the most common cancers that can affect men in Australia, we’ve compiled a few interesting statistics:

Prostate cancer statistics

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian men.
  • The risk of developing prostate cancer before the age of 85 is 1 in 5.
  • The five-year survival rate is 92 percent.

Bowel cancer statistics

  • In 2009, the risk of developing bowel cancer before the age of 85 was 1 in 12.
  • The five-year survival rate for bowel cancer is 66.2 percent.
  • Bowel cancer is considered one of the most treatable cancers, if detected early, however, it remains the third highest cancer killer in men.

Skin cancer and melanoma statistics

  • From 1982 to 2010 melanoma diagnoses increased by around 60%.
  • In 2011, 2087 people died from skin cancer in Australia. The majority of these deaths were due to melanoma, with 1544 deaths from melanoma that year, compared with 543 deaths from non-melanoma skin cancers.
  • More than 374,000 Australians annually are diagnosed with basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. Melanoma incidence in Australia and New Zealand is four times higher than in Canada, UK and US.
  • Melanoma is the most common cancer in young Australians aged 15–39 years old.

Lung cancer statistics

  • In 2009, lung cancer was the 5th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia.
  • Lung cancer is most commonly diagnosed in people aged 65-79.
  • In 2010, lung cancer was the most common cause of cancer death for men.
  • The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 14.1 percent.