Facts and statistics about blood cancer | Leukaemia Foundation

Facts and statistics about blood cancer

  • Blood cancer is the third biggest cause of cancer death across Australia, claiming more lives each year than breast cancer or skin cancer. (1)
  • While more children are surviving, almost half of adult blood cancer patients will lose their life.
  • Blood cancer accounts for around 10% of all cancers diagnosed each year.
  • Around 35 Australians are diagnosed each day with a blood cancer – such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma – and the number is growing. Lymphoma is the most commonly diagnosed blood cancer in Australia, and the sixth most common form of cancer. (2)(3)

What do we do?

The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national charity dedicated to helping more Australians with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related disorders survive their blood cancer and live a better quality of life.We do this by providing a range of free support services for patients to give them the best chance of survival and improve their quality of life, as well as investing in blood cancer research to find improved treatment options.

In 2016/17:

  • We invested over $2.23 million in blood cancer research projects
  • We provided 727 families with nearly 54,000 nights of free accommodation in our villages and motels located near treatment centres
  • Our free patient transport vehicles travelled more than 1,555,000 km across 38,492 trips, transporting passengers to hospitals and other appointments

Support us today

The Leukaemia Foundation receives no direct government support and relies on the generosity of the community to help patients beat their blood cancer.

Every dollar donated today will take us closer to the cures of tomorrow.

  • $27 can provide a cancer information pack to help a family prepare for the challenges that follow a blood cancer diagnosis
  • $36 can give emotional support after diagnosis to help someone through the shock and distress
  • $52 can support someone during a hospital visit from our qualified cancer support team
  • $80 can give a regional family a place to stay for a night to keep them together during treatment
  • $120 can fund a research scholarship for a day to support a major blood cancer project


Click here to support us today to ensure we can continue to keep our services free of  charge for blood cancer patients.


(1) Australian Bureau of Statistics, Causes of Death, Australia, 2013
(2)  Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2014. Cancer in Australia: an overview 2014. Cancer series No 90. Cat. no. CAN 88. Canberra: AIHW.
(3) Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2015. Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality (ACIM) books. Updated 8 January 2015

Last updated on August 31st, 2018

Developed by the Leukaemia Foundation in consultation with people living with a blood cancer, Leukaemia Foundation support staff, haematology nursing staff and/or Australian clinical haematologists. This content is provided for information purposes only and we urge you to always seek advice from a registered health care professional for diagnosis, treatment and answers to your medical questions, including the suitability of a particular therapy, service, product or treatment in your circumstances. The Leukaemia Foundation shall not bear any liability for any person relying on the materials contained on this website.

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