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Medical Statistics

Cancer In Australia​

  • An estimated 114,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in Australia in 2010.

  • 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.

  • Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia – more than 43,000 people are estimated to have died from cancer in 2010.

  • More than 60% of cancer patients will survive more than five years after diagnosis.

  • The survival rate for many common cancers has increased by 30 per cent in the past two decades.

  • The most common cancers in Australia (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) are prostate, colorectal (bowel), breast, melanoma and lung cancer.

  • Each day about 32 men learn the news that they have prostate cancer - tragically one man every three hours will lose his battle against this insidious disease.

  • 1 in 3 men and 1 in 4 women will suffer from cancer in their lifetime. Half of those will live more than 5 years after diagnosis. A woman's risk of dying from breast cancer before the age of 85 has been declining, from 1 in 29 risk in 1982 to a 1 in 37 risk in 2007. Both men and women are at risk of developing bowel cancer. In Australia, the lifetime risk of developing bowel cancer before the age of 75 years is around 1 in 19 for men and 1 in 28 for women. This is one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world.

Sources: Cancer Council Australia ; Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia *Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2008 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, December 2008; *The National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre; *Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Cardiovascular disease (Heart attack, stroke, blood vessel disease)

  • kills one Australian nearly every 11 minutes

  • affects more than 3.4 million Australians

  • prevents 1.4 million people from living a full life because of disability caused by the disease

  • affects one in five Australians, and affects two out of three families

  • claimed the lives of almost 48,500 Australians (34% of all deaths) in 2008 - deaths that are largely preventable.

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of Australia's largest health problems. Despite improvements over the last few decades, the health and economic burden of CVD exceeds that of any other disease.

Source: Heart Foundation of Australia

Dementia (Alzheimers)

  • Dementia is the third highest cause of death after heart disease and stroke, and by 2030 will be the highest cause of death in Australia.

  • On average, the life expectancy following diagnosis is approximately seven years. Fewer than three percent of individuals live more than fourteen years after diagnosis.

  • There are currently 266,500 people living with Dementia in Australia.

Source: Alzheimers Australia (Vic)


  • 275 Australians develop diabetes every day

  • Diabetes is Australia's fastest growing chronic disease

  • Nearly 1,000,000 Australians are currently diagnosed with diabetes. For every person diagnosed, it is estimated that there is another who is not yet diagnosed; a total of about 1.7 million people

  • The total number of Australians with diabetes and pre-diabetes is estimated at 3.2 million

  • As the sixth leading cause of death in Australia, it is critical we take action

  • Up to 60% of cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented.

Source: Diabetes Australia

Why Take out Insurance?

Claim Statistics

  • The current standard mortgage is $295,000, while the current standard life cover is $176,580

  • 3 in 4 Australians Will Suffer A Critical Illness By Age 65

  • 1 in 3 Men and 1 in 4 Women Will Be Diagnosed With Cancer By Age 75

  • Only 6% of Employees Have Income Protection

  • Only 31% of Self Employed People Have Income Protection

  • Only 10% of Businesses Have Business Expense insurance

  • For every 1 home lost to fire, 6 homes are lost due to death and 51 homes are lost to disability

- CommInsure, 23/1/2008

What are the chances of:

A car being stolen and not recovered? Chance of this occurring: 1 in 800

Having to claim on a home &/or contents policy? Chance of this occurring: 1 in 13

Becoming disabled for more than 3 months before age 65 and having no income?

Chances of this occuriing: 1 in 3

Suffering from cancer before the age of 75? Chance of this occurring: 1 in 3 for men, 1 in 4 for women

Average full comprehensive premium: $1,406 per annum

Average $250,000 Home/Buildings Cover and $50,000 Contents Cover: $780 per annum

Income Protection Plus for 35 year old male earning $50,000: $490 per annum

$250,000 Trauma Cover Benefit for 35 year old male: $601 per annum

- Westpac Insurance 2010

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