The Australian Cancer Atlas

Australian Cancer Atlas

Project dates: 2018 - Ongoing

The Australian Cancer Atlas is the first online, interactive platform showing how cancer diagnosis and survival vary across small areas for many different cancer types.

While other state-based Cancer Atlases have been released across the country, and some information at an Australian level, there remains no comprehensive national picture of how the burden of cancer varies depending on where you live. The Australian Cancer Atlas aims to address that gap.

The interactive digital cancer atlas shows national patterns in cancer incidence and survival rates based on where people live for 20 of the most common cancers in Australia – such as lung, breast and bowel cancer – likely reflecting the characteristics, lifestyles and access to health services in the area.

Cancer Atlas enables readers to easily visualise those differences and offers critical insight into patterns of cancer and outcomes in Australia, depending on where people live, which can be used to drive research and policies going forward. The project builds on years of work by Cancer Council Queensland to better understand the cancer divide between metropolitan and rural areas, and map the gaps linked to socio-economic status and other demographic factors.

Estimates within the Australian Cancer Atlas were calculated using sophisticated statistical models and spatial analyses, developed by statisticians from QUT and Cancer Council Queensland, using data from the Australian state and territory Cancer Council registries.

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