Colon cancer deaths highest in Bathurst and prostate cancer deaths more prevalent in Dubbo

Lung cancer is responsible for the most deaths across Western NSW, but NSW Government data suggests each town has a specific type of cancer problem.

For instance, colon cancer claimed 30 lives in Bathurst between 2010 and 2014. 

Colon cancer deaths were the second highest after lung cancer, which killed 73 residents during the same period. 

Lung cancer constituted nearly 20 per cent of all cancer deaths in Bathurst.

KILLER CANCER: Colon cancer killed more people than prostate and breast cancer in Bathurst between 2010 and 2014.

KILLER CANCER: Colon cancer killed more people than prostate and breast cancer in Bathurst between 2010 and 2014.

Similarly, colon cancer deaths were the second highest in Orange.

Colon cancer claimed 28 lives, whereas 95 people lost their lives because of lung cancer in the town.

Pancreatic cancer claimed nine lives in Blayney, whereas lung cancer was the reason for the death of 16 residents during the same period.

KILLER CANCER: Pancreatic cancer killed more people than prostate cancer in Blayney.

KILLER CANCER: Pancreatic cancer killed more people than prostate cancer in Blayney.

In Dubbo and Cowra, prostate cancer-related deaths were the second highest after lung cancer.

Prostate cancer claimed 33 and 21 people in Dubbo and Cowra respectively.

KILLER CANCER: More people died from prostate cancer than colon or pancreatic cancer in Dubbo.

KILLER CANCER: More people died from prostate cancer than colon or pancreatic cancer in Dubbo.

In Forbes, cancer of unknown primary – where it is not possible to identify the type of cancer cells – was responsible for more deaths than colon and prostate cancer.

KILLER CANCER: Cancer unknown primary was responsible for more deaths in Forbes.

KILLER CANCER: Cancer unknown primary was responsible for more deaths in Forbes.

Further analysis of data suggests that among the new incidents of cancers, prostate cancer was the highest among all major towns between 2010 and 2014.

But each town had a specific problem.

For instance, Bathurst residents reported 193 new incidents of prostate cancer, followed by 131 cases of breast cancer and 101 cases of melanoma of skin cancer. 

NEW CANCER CASES: Melanoma of skin was the third highest cancer in Bathurst.

NEW CANCER CASES: Melanoma of skin was the third highest cancer in Bathurst.

In Dubbo, lung cancer was the most prevalent cancer after prostate and breast cancer.

NEW CANCER CASES: Lung cancer is the third most prevalent cancer in Dubbo

NEW CANCER CASES: Lung cancer is the third most prevalent cancer in Dubbo

Prostate cancer had the highest share in Cowra, but lung and melanoma of skin cancers were in the second and third positions.

Few new cases of breast cancer were reported from this town.

NEW CANCER CASES: Breast cancer cases are the least in Cowra.

NEW CANCER CASES: Breast cancer cases are the least in Cowra.