New tool reveals cancer risk by suburb

Country areas have higher rates of cancer than city cousins

Patients will be able to look up a suburb-by-suburb account of 20 different cancers in Australia using a new tool launched this week. 

cancer atlas

In what researchers describe as a "world leading project", the Australian Cancer Atlas maps out incidence and survival rates of the most common cancers, including lung, breast and bowel cancer, based on geographical areas.

Led by researchers from Cancer Council Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and FrontierSI, the atlas is designed to give policy-makers a better understanding of geographic disparities