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Bowel cancer in NSW

The latest incidence data and trends for bowel cancer in NSW.

Key incidence facts

  • Bowel cancer ranked second in incidence after prostate cancer in males and breast cancer in females.
  • Incidence rates of bowel cancer have not changed significantly over the last ten years.
  • After allowing for differences in age, males were 1.4 times more likely than females to be diagnosed with bowel cancer.
  • More males were diagnosed with bowel cancer than females consistently across most age categories.
  • The majority of new bowel cancer cases were diagnosed in people aged 60 years and over: 78 per cent of males and 79 per cent of females.
  • One in twelve people will develop bowel cancer by the age of 85 years.

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Bowel cancers incidence statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll
people
New cases, 2010 2,862 2,291 5,153
New cases, 2001 2,286 2,041 4,327
Percentage of all cancer, 2010 12.8% 13.4% 13.1%
Rank against all cancer, 2010 2 2 2
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 76.7 53.2 64.0
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 75.0 55.6 64.4
APC2 between 2001 and 2010 0.2% -0.1% 0.1%
Risk of diagnosis by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 10 1 in 14 1 in 12
Median age at diagnosis, 2010 70 71 70

upward trend Increasing trend (p<0.05) over years 2001 to 2010.

downward trend Decreasing trend (p<0.05) over years 2001 to 2010.

 

Bowel cancer incidence, age-standardised rate, NSW, 1972-2010

Source data

Bowel cancer cases by age group, NSW, 2010

Source data
Bowel cancer mortality statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll
people
Total deaths, 2010 948 772 1,720
Total deaths, 2001 908 741 1,649
Percentage of all cancer deaths, 2010 12.4% 12.7% 12.6%
Rank against all cancer deaths, 2010 3 3 2
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 25.8 16.9 20.8
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 31.0 19.5 24.5
Risk of death by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 29 1 in 44 1 in 35
Median age at death, 2010 74 77 75

Key mortality facts

  • Bowel cancer deaths ranked second overall and ranked third in both males and females.
  • The mortality rate from bowel cancer has been declining in both males and females since the mid 1980s.
  • After allowing for differences in age, bowel cancer deaths were 1.5 times more likely to occur in males than in females.
  • The majority of bowel cancer deaths occurred in people aged 60 years and over: 85 per cent of both males and females.

Bowel cancer mortality, age-standardised rate, 1972-20083

Source data

Bowel cancer deaths by age group, NSW, 2010

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Notes

  1. ASR is age-standardised rate, standardised to the Australian 2001 population.
  2. APC is the average Annual Percent Change in ASR calculated from a log linear model, fitted to rates over the years 2001 to 2010. For further information refer to Appendix 4 of the Cancer in NSW: Incidence and Mortality Report 2010.
  3. At the time this report was produced, 2009 death data had not been processed and 2009 incidence excludes death certificate only (DCO) cases. For further information please refer to Appendix 3 of Cancer in NSW: Incidence and Mortality Report 2010.

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