Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. According to estimates from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), 12.7 million people were diagnosed and 7.6 million died of cancer in 2008. One in eight deaths worldwide is due to cancer. Cancer causes more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue to rise to over 11 million in 2030.
In Australia, 120,710 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2012 (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). In 2010, a total of 42,844 people died from cancer which equates to an average of 117 people dying from cancer everyday.