Cancer Profile

Cancer Profile

The Gippsland region is located in southeastern Victoria.  Its geography covers over 18% of Victoria’s total landmass (41,538 square kilometers).  The region stretches along the coast from the New South Wales & Victorian border in the far-east to Phillip Island in the west, Wilsons’ Promontory in the south to the mountains of The Great Dividing Range in the north.  The Gippsland region comprises the following six Local Government Areas (LGAs); Bass Coast, Baw Baw, East Gippsland, Latrobe, South Gippsland and Wellington.
Gippsland region with LGAs, estimated resident population (2011) and area coverage.

In 2011, Gippsland’s estimated resident population was 270,512 (representing 4.8% of Victoria’s total population).  By 2026, Gippsland’s population is projected to increase by 21% compared with an overall state average increase of 23%.  Projected population growth for the period 2011-2026 will vary significantly across the region with Bass Coast and Baw Baw LGA’s recording growth rates well above the state average (41% and 35% respectively). Latrobe, South Gippsland and Wellington whilst projected to increase their total population, will grow at rates well below the state average for the same period (Source: Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development).

For the period 2011-2026, Gippsland’s population aged 65+ is projected to increase at a rate well above the state average (75% compared with 61%) with the LGAs of Baw Baw and Wellington projected to have the fastest growth in this age cohort (Source: Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development).

Information on Gippsland’s demographic profile is available by clicking on the following links:

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
Further information on Gippsland’s health and wellbeing profile is available by clicking on the following links:

Health: Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Wellbeing: Community Indicators Victoria

In 2014, 1,665 incidents of newly diagnosed cancer were recorded for the Gippsland region.

Source: Victorian Cancer Registry, 2016

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Gippsland. In 2014, 680 people died of cancer in the
Gippsland Region.

Source: Victorian Cancer Registry, 2016

Between 2005-2014, the most common cancers recorded in Gippsland were genitourinary,
colorectal, breast, lung and skin (melanoma).

Source: Victorian Cancer Registry, 2016

Information on individual tumour types can be found by clicking on the following links:

Genitourinary Haematological
Colorectal Gynaecological
Breast Head and Neck
Skin (Melanoma) Upper Gastro-intestinal
Lung Central Nervous System
For more information on Gippsland’s cancer profile, please contact GRICS on 03 5128 0138 or
alternately click on the following link: Contact GRICS

Cancer in Victoria
• Cancer is a leading cause of disease burden in Victoria with an average of 84 new diagnoses of cancer every day.

• In 2014 30,585 Victorians were diagnosed with cancer.

• Cancer incidence rates have increased since 1982, with annual increases of 0.7% for men and 0.6% for women.

• 10,744 Victorians died from cancer in 2014, an average of 30 cancer related deaths every day.

• Cancer death rates have declined since 1982 with average falls of 1.5% per year for males and 1.2% for females. This has been attributed to an increase in earlier screening practices, a reduction in tobacco use and improvements in treatment.

• Five year survival rates increased from 49% to 67% for the period 1989-2013.

• Estimations are that by 2025-2029 the annual incidence of cancer will reach over 41,000; this represents an increase of 39% from 2010-2014. Over this period deaths from cancer will increase to over 13,000 per year. New cases and deaths are increasing rapidly; this is largely due to the growth and ageing of the Victorian population.

• Breast cancer has overtaken prostate cancer as the most common new cancer in 2014. Prostate cancer had held this position since 2003.

• Breast, prostate, bowel, lung, and melanoma account for the most common cancers in Victoria accounting for 56% of all new cancers and half of all cancer deaths.

Source: Cancer Council Victoria; Cancer in Victoria, Statistics and Trends 2014
For more information on Victoria’s cancer profile please click on the following link:

Cancer Council Victoria