Cancer affects a large number of Australians, directly and indirectly. According to a paper* regarding the prevalence, incidence, risk and cost burden of cancer in Australia:
- There are 380 new cancer diagnoses per day; 40% of these people are aged 25-64.
- The average lifetime cost of cancer is $126,280 for those aged 15-64 (cancer sufferers).
- 5-year survival rates for cancer can range from 16% (lung cancer) to 95% (prostate cancer).
- Anticancer drugs not on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) can cost ≥$5,000 per month.
- 1 in 3 men and 1 in 4 women will be affected by (diagnosed with) some type of cancer before age 75.
In this TED Talk, Dr Carl June discusses a ground-breaking treatment method in the fight against cancer (leukaemia, and potentially other types of cancer)—CAR T-cell therapy.
*Zurich. (2018). The cost of care: The missing link in strategic financial advice equation. Health Research Whitepaper.