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 Non-communicable Disease Cluster Assessment Guidelines 2019 (PDF 553 kB)
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 130 kB)
Contact your local public health unit if you suspect a cancer or other non-communicable disease cluster.
Find information about symptoms, treatment, prevention and statistics about various different types of cancer:
- Queensland Health Cancer fact sheets
- Risk of breast cancer in Australian women (PDF 94 kB)
- Types of cancer
- Queensland cancer statistics provided by the Queensland Cancer Council.