About cancer

We have a huge amount of resources about cancer; from treatment, to research and documentation tools.


What is Cancer

Cancer is the name commonly used to describe a malignant disease which may occur in any part of the body.  There are 100 different cancers.

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Types of Cancer

This section provides an overview of a number of common cancers in Australia, looking at incidence, mortality, prevention, detection, symptoms, risk factors and treatment.

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Latest Tasmanian Statistics

We regularly update our cancer information to include the latest Tasmanian statistics and also compare to national information as well. See how we have been improving over time.

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Causes of Cancer

We do not know all of the risks and causes of cancer. However, there are a number of chemical, physical and biological agents that have been shown to trigger the mistakes in the cell blueprint that cause cancer.

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Cancer Myths

Have you heard a claim about cancer and want to know whether it is fact or fiction?

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Early Detection

Some cancers can be detected at an early stage when treatment is likely to be more effective.

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Find a Specialist

Here you can find out about the medical specialties and sub-specialties and advice on how to choose a specialist.

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Treatment Information

Resources regarding treatment planning, options and recommendations.


Online Resources


A repository of online only resources for you to use as a reference tool anywhere, anytime.



External Resources

While we only link to sites we believe offer credible, evidence-based information, we cannot guarantee this information is correct or up-to-date.

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