Cancer Data: Adolescents & Young Adults in Australia

The report, Cancer Data: Adolescents & Young Adults in Australia undertaken by Canteen presents national and international comparative data for young people diagnosed with cancer in Australia.

These data are critical to guide service planning for young people, service evaluation and quality improvement, for research studies, feedback to stakeholders, and to guide and support advocacy.

International data are reported comparing age-adjusted incidence and mortality rates for all invasive cancers and leading groups in the 15-24 year age range across Australia, the World in total and global regions.

Australian data included in the report are: age-adjusted incidence and mortality data for 15-24 year olds and percentage 5-year relative survival for 15-29 year olds. Data are presented for all invasive cancers collectively and for specifically for melanoma, testicular cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukaemia, brain & central nervous system cancer, bone cancer, other soft tissue cancer, thyroid cancer, colorectal cancer, female breast cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer, bladder cancer and other cancers grouped.

Also included in the report are data on invasive cancer hospital admissions, patient days and average lengths of hospital stay for 15-19 and 20-24 year olds, for all invasive cancers collectively and selected groups.

Sections of the report have been published as:

Roder DM, Warr A, Patterson P, Allison KR. Australian Adolescents and Young Adults – Trends in Cancer Incidence, Mortality, and Survival Over Three Decades. Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology 2018 7(3):326-338. DOI: 10.1089/jayao.2017.0095.

Appendices are available on request from Canteen. Please email

Please click here to access the report.