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Epidemiological Modelling: Prevalence and Trends


Cancer Epidemiology Research Unit investigates the causes, management, outcomes and impact of the leading and emerging cancers.  Our ultimate goal is to substantially contribute to a reduction in the burden imposed by cancer. We provide comprehensive, evidence based answers to the current and future needs of local and international cancer control programs.
Recent studies suggest Australia and other developed countries will face an acute shortage of medical oncologists and other cancer specialists to care for cancer patients if action is not taken now. To be able to act, we need accurate estimates of the future cancer burden, in particular, the numbers of people who will be diagnosed and living with cancer and requiring different health care services.  In this program of work, we will develop statistical models to obtain estimates of the future prevalence of four major cancers (colon and rectum, lung, breast and prostate) in New South Wales for each phase of clinical care. The methods developed in this study will be able to answer two questions: (i) for each cancer, how many patients will need medical attention in the near future; and (ii) what types of services they will need.


Dr Xue Qin Yu.

Research location

City - Cancer Council NSW

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Dr Xue Qin Yu’s primary research focus is cancer epidemiology, statistical modelling and health services research. His work includes developing statistical methods to estimate regional variation in cancer survival using routinely collected cancer registry data, and using such estimates to identify cancer types with the greatest potential for improvement in survival through improvements in cancer care. Xue Qin’s current area of interest is cancer disparities and the social determinants of health and health outcomes research, with a focus on the development and application of statistical tools to evaluate the cancer health care system and explore the possible reasons for cancer disparities.  Dr Yu has published extensively since 2013, mainly in the area of cancer epidemiology and health service research. These publications have been well-received and have made a significant impact on the cancer service planning, cancer survivorship and disparities in cancer outcomes among population groups in Australia and China. 

Additional information

For further information about this program please contact Verity Hodgkinson on 9334 1992 or

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 1404