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At the Southern Cancer Institute, we understand the importance of education. We’ve compiled a list of answers to our most frequently asked questions. Have a question that’s not listed below? Simply get in touch and our expert team will get back to you.

What causes cancer?

In Australia alone, more than 145,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year — and it remains the second-leading cause of death. 1 out of 2 Australian men and women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. In the 1980s, the cancer survival rate was less than 50%. Today, almost 7 in 10 Australians will survive for at least 5 years after a cancer diagnosis and in some cancers the survival is as high as 90%.

Globally, about 13% of all deaths are due to cancer — 8.8 million in 2015.

How common is cancer?

In Australia alone, more than 145,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year — and it remains the second-leading cause of death. 1 out of 2 Australian men and women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. In the 1980s, the cancer survival rate was less than 50%. Today, almost 7 in 10 Australians will survive for at least 5 years after a cancer diagnosis and in some cancers the survival is as high as 90%.

Globally, about 13% of all deaths are due to cancer — 8.8 million in 2015.

How is cancer treated?

In Australia alone, more than 145,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year — and it remains the second-leading cause of death. 1 out of 2 Australian men and women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. In the 1980s, the cancer survival rate was less than 50%. Today, almost 7 in 10 Australians will survive for at least 5 years after a cancer diagnosis and in some cancers the survival is as high as 90%.

Globally, about 13% of all deaths are due to cancer — 8.8 million in 2015.

What is cancer immunology?

In Australia alone, more than 145,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year — and it remains the second-leading cause of death. 1 out of 2 Australian men and women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. In the 1980s, the cancer survival rate was less than 50%. Today, almost 7 in 10 Australians will survive for at least 5 years after a cancer diagnosis and in some cancers the survival is as high as 90%.

Globally, about 13% of all deaths are due to cancer — 8.8 million in 2015.

What is a clinical trial?

In Australia alone, more than 145,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year — and it remains the second-leading cause of death. 1 out of 2 Australian men and women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. In the 1980s, the cancer survival rate was less than 50%. Today, almost 7 in 10 Australians will survive for at least 5 years after a cancer diagnosis and in some cancers the survival is as high as 90%.

Globally, about 13% of all deaths are due to cancer — 8.8 million in 2015.

What is the Southern Cancer Institute?

In Australia alone, more than 145,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year — and it remains the second-leading cause of death. 1 out of 2 Australian men and women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. In the 1980s, the cancer survival rate was less than 50%. Today, almost 7 in 10 Australians will survive for at least 5 years after a cancer diagnosis and in some cancers the survival is as high as 90%.

Globally, about 13% of all deaths are due to cancer — 8.8 million in 2015.

How can I find information about new cancer treatments?

In Australia alone, more than 145,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year — and it remains the second-leading cause of death. 1 out of 2 Australian men and women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. In the 1980s, the cancer survival rate was less than 50%. Today, almost 7 in 10 Australians will survive for at least 5 years after a cancer diagnosis and in some cancers the survival is as high as 90%.

Globally, about 13% of all deaths are due to cancer — 8.8 million in 2015.

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