Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women, with 69 per cent of cases diagnosed in women aged 40-69.
A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and Cancer Australia on October 9 found that survival rates for breast cancer are improving nationally, however each day 37 Australian women are diagnosed with the disease.
The number of new breast cancer cases were shown to have doubled between 1982 and 2008, from around 5,300 cases to 13,600.
"The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer is expected to rise in the future due to the ageing population. Our projections indicate that in 2020 about 17,200 new breast cancers will be diagnosed in Australia. This would equate to 47 women being diagnosed every day," said AIHW spokesperson Anne Bech.
Cancer Australia chief executive officer Dr Helen Zorbas said that importantly, the report shows that breast cancer survival rates continue to improve in Australia, due to early diagnosis and better treatments.
"The report also shows that women diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia have better survival prospects compared with women in most other countries and regions," Dr Zorbas said.
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