Gippsland has some of Australia’s highest rates of avoidable deaths due to cancer, including breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
These statistics were released in a cancer snapshot by Gippsland Primary Health Network and highlight the importance of people screening for cancer. They also raise awareness of the importance of Daffodil Day on 31 August 2023 which raises funds for a cancer free future.
Avoidable cancer death rates (average per 100,000 people) in Gippsland are at 35.9 per cent, significantly higher than Victoria at 28.2 per cent and Australia at 28.8. Latrobe City and Wellington Shire have rates of 52.7 per cent and 51.6 per cent respectively.