Australia's Cancer Capitals Revealed

A world-first interactive map has revealed the suburbs around Australia which have the highest rates of cancer.

The new Cancer Council and University of Queensland online technology pinpoints the types of cancer most prevalent in every area, in every state, as well as where the highest rates of survival are.

Both Sydney’s south and Melbourne’s south have the worst rates of prostate cancer.

The Sutherland Shire, especially the suburbs of Como, Jannali and Oyster Bay, is a prostate cancer hotspot, with a rate 69 percent above the national average, while in Melbourne’s south it’s in Flinders, Dromana, and especially Mornington, with a rate of 73 percent.

This map shows the rate of Melonoma cancers in Australia. Source:

Fairfield, Ashcroft and Miller have a lung cancer rate of at least 54 percent above the national average, while in Lethbridge Park and Tregear it’s 77 percent.

Illawong and Alford’s Point has Sydney’s highest rate of kidney cancer, at 31 percent above the national average.

North Sydney and the Lower North Shore generally have the lowest rates of cancer, while those in the eastern suburbs, especially Watsons Bay and Vaucluse, have the highest survival rates, (at 32 percent below the national average rate for death).

However, southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales are by far the country’s melanoma hotspots.

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Brisbane’s bayside area of Manly, and the Gold Coast’s Mermaid Beach, have a rate of more than 102 percent above the national average.

But further south, Byron Bay has the worst rate of melanoma in the country – an astonishing 135 percent above the national average.

When it comes to Thyroid Cancer Sydney is a sea of red, with multiple suburbs above the national average, Bass Hill is 94 percent above the national average.

Cancer Council Australia CEO Chris McMillan hopes the atlas will save lives, by raising more awareness.

“In 2018 an estimated 138,000 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer, but we know that some people face greater risks of diagnosis and death than others, due to a mix of lifestyle, behaviour, genetics and other unknown factors,” he says.

“The 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.”

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