Cancer cases on the rise in Queensland
SHOCKING new research has revealed the number of cancer cases diagnosed across Queensland has more than tripled in just over three decades.
The Cancer Council will today reveal the latest statistics show around 27,800 Queenslanders were diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
"The top five most common cancers in Queensland in 2015 were prostate cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, colorectal cancer and lung cancer," Cancer Council chief executive Chris McMillan said.
She said the data showed one in two Queenslanders are likely to develop cancer during their lifetime, and more than one in four likely to die as a result of cancer.
The damning statistics come during Melanoma March, which aims to raise awareness for the cancer and finding a cure.
About 1800 people will die from the disease nationally this year, and Queensland holds the unenviable title of the world's skin cancer capital.
Melanoma is the second most common cancer in the state, with around 3601 new diagnoses each year.
One in 13 men and one in 22 women will be diagnosed with melanoma before the age of 85.
Brisbane-based nurse Amelia Freckelton was only 26 when she was diagnosed with stage four melanoma a week before Christmas 2016. She was told it was terminal.
She had a lump in her breast, and the biopsy would reveal it was aggressive melanoma, the last thing her and her husband Luke were expecting.
She said telling her family was "very tough" as no parents want to find out their child may die before them.
Ms Freckelton was taken to the Melanoma Institute Australia in Sydney where she took part in a clinical trial which had a 60 per cent survival rate - she was given two doses of targeted immunotherapy as part of treatment.
"Two months later we had scans after the treatment and the lump in my breast had completely gone, and the lymph nodes had shrunk back to normal size," she said.
"Essentially it had shrunk back to what could be no disease at all, and those scans have really continued since then to be clear of disease."