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Rare cancers occur in fewer than 6 per 100,000 people per year

In 2015, around 1 in 3 Australians diagnosed with cancer had a rare or less common cancer.

That same year, rare and less common cancers accounted for a disproportionately high 1 in 2 cancer-related deaths.

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The TOPOGRAPH database has recently been released by Australian researchers to aid oncologist’s treatment decisions following molecular reports.

Rare Cancer Spotlight

Eye (uveal) melanomas are a rare and behave differently to common skin melanomas. Until this year there were no established drug treatments for people with metastatic uveal melanoma.


Congratulations to the WhiMSICAL research group on the recent publication of their work in the American Journal of Hematology.

Rare Cancer Spotlight

Our first Rare Cancer Spotlight - Adrenocortical Cancers & Mitotane Pharmacodynamics

Supported by Rare Cancers Australia

Rare Cancers Australia (RCA) is determined to increase awareness, highlight the need for further research and initiate policy discussion and action to improve the lives and outcomes of all Australians living with rare or less common cancer. RCA is currently working with government, clinicians and industry for change