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Cancer and other non-communicable disease clusters

Concern about a potential clustering of disease may arise when a number of people are diagnosed with a non-communicable disease such as cancer, in a particular place, in a period of time. The concern of the community is that the cases may be linked to a common cause. These concerns often arise within the workplace or local neighbourhood.

Queensland Health takes the community concerns of non-communicable disease cluster seriously and addresses such concerns according to the Queensland Health Guidelines: Assessment of Clusters of Non-communicable Disease (PDF, 542kB)

Most queries relate to cancer cluster inquiries so the guidelines emphasise those aspects of cluster assessment, however they do apply equally to all non-communicable disease clusters.

Read more about cancer clusters (PDF, 198kB).


Contact your local public health unit if you suspect a cancer or other non-communicable disease cluster.

Cancer information

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Last updated: 11 November 2015