Researchers Have Mapped The Cancer Rates Across Sydney For 2018

Highest and lowest areas named

Troy Nankervis

13 March 2018

Troy Nankervis

Image: Cancer Institute NSW

Sobering research has mapped the locations across Sydney where people may be diagnosed with common forms of cancer throughout 2018.

Published by the Cancer Institute NSW, the estimated rates of bowel cancel, breast cancer, lung cancer and melanoma have been predicted across each local government area (LGA), drawing on the lifestyle, ethnicity and socio-economic status of residents.

The Cancer Institute NSW says the best ways to reduce your cancer risk are:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Staying active
  • Maintaining a healthy weight and diet
  • Reducing alcohol intake
  • Minimising sun exposure

Bowel cancer

While the biggest risk factor for bowel cancer is age, lifestyle factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption alongside being overweight or obese can also increase a person’s risk.

The Sydney areas with the highest incidence rates for bowel cancer are Hawkesbury, Penrith, Bayside, Georges River and Camden.

The LGAs with the lowest rates are Woollahra, Mosman, Hunters Hill, Burwood and the Blue Mountains.

Image: Cancer Institute NSW

Breast cancer

Approximately 3,295 women in Sydney are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, with 57 per cent of NSW breast cancer cases diagnosed in Sydney.

The highest rates for breast cancer will occur in “more affluent areas” of Sydney including Mosman, Woollahra, Lane Cove, Hunters Hill and Ku-Ring-Gai.

The lowest incidences of breast cancer will occur in Strathfield, Burwood, Fairfield, Liverpool and Blacktown.

Image: Cancer Institute NSW

Lung cancer

Smoking is responsible for 90 per cent of lung cancers in men and two thirds of cancers in women.

The Cancer Institute NSW says this strong link with smoking is reflected in the varying rates across Sydney.

“Lung cancer is declining in men but still rising in women. This is due to the later peak in smoking rates among women,” they said.

The regions with the highest incidence of lung cancer is predicted to be Campbelltown, Penrith, Blacktown, Liverpool and Bayside.

The lowest cases will be found in Ku-Ring-Gai, Lane Cove, Hunters Hill, The Hills Shire, and Hornsby.

Image: Cancer Institute NSW


Melanoma rates are highest in coastal areas, with only 45 per cent of diagnoses in NSW this year expected in the Sydney area.

Sydney areas with the highest rates for melanoma are the Sutherland Shire, Mosman, Wollondilly, Hawkesbury and the Northern Beaches.

The lowest incidences will be in Strathfield, Fairfield, Burwood, Cumberland and Canterbury-Bankstown.

Image: Cancer Institute NSW

While Melanoma is almost entirely preventable with up to 95 per cent of melanomas caused by UV exposure,  2,200 people in Sydney will be diagnosed with melanoma this year.

“Melanoma can be deadly, so prevention is very important,” the Cancer Institute NSW said.

“A melanoma of less than 1mm in depth able to enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart, lungs, brain and bones.”

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