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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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ESMO attendees were treated to the results from 2 fantastic studies from Spain investigating genomic signatures in sinonasal cancers (SNCs), neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) and neuroendocrine carcinomas (NECs).


COSA will be hosting its 50th Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne from November 1st – 3rd 2023 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This year’s theme is 50 years of innovation in cancer care: Learning form the past to inspire the future.


The Australian Rare Cancer Portal is pleased to promote the 9th Rural & remote Health Scientific Symposium which is held on the 20th-21st June in Canberra.


The ARC Portal also contributes to cancer research.

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