Facts and Statistics about Common Women’s Cancers: Breast, Gynaecological, Cervical and Ovarian Posted on October 23, 2016September 18, 2019 by Carly du Toit 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.