Facts and Statistics about Common Women’s Cancers: Breast, Gynaecological, Cervical and Ovarian

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Each day up to 170 women in Australia are diagnosed with cancer. With this alarming figure, ACRF is determined to make a difference in the lives of Australian women through cancer research.

To raise awareness of the cancers that affect women this month, we’ve compiled a few interesting facts and stats.

Women’s cancer facts and statistics at a glance

  • 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer before the age of 85
  • There are over 200 types of cancer that can affect women
  • The most common cancers diagnosed with Australian women are: non-melanoma of the skin, breast, colorectal, leukaemia and lymphoma
  • Thanks to research, survival rates were highest for women diagnosed with thyroid cancer (97%), lip cancer (94%) and melanoma of the skin (94%)

Breast cancer facts and statistics

  • 1 in 8 women diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian women
  • Thanks to research, the 5 year survival rate is just over 90%
  • Known risk factors are diet, alcohol consumption and physical inactivity
  • Breast cancer in men accounts for around 1% of all breast cancer occurrences

Gynaecological cancer facts and statistics

  • The risk of an individual being diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer by age 85 is 1 in 22.
  • Gynaecological cancers were the 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer among females in Australia.
  • Known risk factors include age
  • The five year survival rate is 68%
  • Gynaecological cancers include malignant neoplasms of vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, placenta and ovaries

For more information on gynaecological cancer, click here.

Cervical cancer facts and statistics

  • The risk of a woman being diagnosed with cervical cancer by the age of 85 is 1 in 162.
  • The five-year survival rate for women with cervical cancer is 72%
  • In 2009, cervical cancer was the third most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer in Australia
  • Since the introduction of the National Cervical Screening Program in 1991, the number of new cases of cervical cancer for women of all ages almost halved
  • In 2006, Professor Ian Frazer and his team at the University of Queensland discovered a vaccine to prevent HPV, protecting women against most types of cervical cancer

Ovarian cancer facts and statistics

  • 1 in 75 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer before the age of 85
  • Most common most common cause of gynaecological cancer death in Australia
  • More research is needed to increase the 5 year survival rate from 45%
  • Known risk factors are family history and genetic susceptibility as well as obesity and physical inactivity
  • Symptoms are often vague and can be similar to the symptoms of many other conditions

Donate or Fundraise To Support Women’s Cancer Research

By donating, fundraising for and supporting cancer research into all cancers that affect women, you are helping to fund the next big breakthrough in cancer detection and treatment.

Our Woman’s Appeal aims to raise much needed funds for research into common women’s cancers, including breast, cervical and ovarian cancer. You can make a donation today to help fund research for women with cancer.

Supporting women's cancers in October!

October is a time when we go pink for a most important cause: Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a movement that has made a huge impact on breast cancer funding and research progress around the world.

At the ACRF however, we want to focus on all types of women’s cancers this October: breast AND gynaecological cancers – such as uterine, ovarian or vaginal.

We want to see equally significant progress made for patients with these lesser funded, though no less devastating cancer types.

These cancer types affect our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives or girlfriends and friends, and your donation will give these women hope in the fight against cancer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”21690″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_separator color=”grey”][/vc_column][/vc_row]A message from Helen Bathgate: Breast cancer survivor

“I was teaching at school when the GP phoned and said she wanted to see me. It was that dreaded news that I guess I’d half been expecting. My cousin had been diagnosed with breast cancer about two weeks earlier and I’d been able to feel a hard lump running down the side of my right breast.

“I had the operation eight days later. I had a mastectomy and they cut 14 lymph nodes out – 11 of them were cancerous.

“The doctors don’t tell you you’re ‘cured’ – but I certainly feel like one of the lucky ones. I’ve been in remission for nearly five years now. It can come back at any time though, and that’s what stays with me. My cousin’s breast cancer has returned. So far, fortunately, they’ve been able to control it.

“The women in our family have been tested for any known cancer-causing genes, but they came back negative. Research will be the only way to learn more about this terrible disease. It’ll be the only way we can find a cure.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”19604″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Thank you for helping us fund the treatments & cures for women's cancers

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Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide. It has a devastating impact on those diagnosed and the people around them.

What is breast cancer awareness month?

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is held annually in October. It aims to raise awareness and generate support for breast cancer by raising much needed funds to improve it’s diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

This month also serves as a reminder to women to put their health first and get regular check ups for breast cancer.

How you can support breast cancer awareness month

There are a number of ways you can get involved and support breast cancer awareness month. Some ideas include;

  • Spreading awareness by adding a touch of pink to your wardrobe throughout the month to help start a conversation 
  • Using social media or engaging in conversations with your friends or family and using these platforms to talk about breast cancer, the impact of it and the importance of regular check ups 
  • Getting involved in a charity walk or run that raises money for breast cancer 
  • Making a donation to a cancer research charity such as ACRF, who are committed to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer

How ACRF is contributing to Breast Cancer research

“Research and more research is the key to defeating cancer,” says Chief Executive, Mr David Brettell.

“Since ACRF was established in 1984 we have given 16 multi-million dollar grants to research that is investigating preventative, diagnostic and/or treatment methods for breast cancer.” Continue reading “HOW TO SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH”