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Brain cancer in NSW

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

Key incidence facts

  • Incidence rates of brain cancer have not changed significantly over the last ten years.
  • After allowing for differences in age, males were 1.3 times more likely than females to be diagnosed with brain cancer.
  • The majority of new brain cancer cases were diagnosed in people aged between 25 and 79 years: 81 per cent of males and 77 per cent of females.
Brain cancer incidence statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll people
New cases, 2010 272 232 504
New cases, 2001 252 191 443
Percentage of all cancer, 2010 1.2% 1.4% 1.3%
Rank against all cancer, 2010 18 18 19
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 7.4 5.7 6.5
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 8.0 5.5 6.7
APC2 between 2001 and 2010 -0.9% -0.2% -0.5%
Risk of diagnosis by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 119 1 in 150 1 in 133
Median age at diagnosis, 2010 61 63 62

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

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

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

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Brain cancer cases by age group, NSW, 2010

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Brain cancer mortality statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll
people
Total deaths 2010 213 162 375
Total deaths 2001 217 139 356
Percentage of all cancer deaths 2010 2.8% 2.7% 2.7%
Rank against all cancer deaths 2010 16 11 14
ASR1 per 100,000 2010 5.7 3.9 4.7
ASR1 per 100,000 2001 6.9 4.0 5.4
Risk of death by age 85 years 2010 1 in 138 1 in 209 1 in 169
Median age at death 2010 65 65 65

Key mortality facts

  • The mortality rate from brain cancer has been declining in both males and females since the mid 1990s.
  • After allowing for differences in age, brain cancer deaths were 1.5 times more likely to occur in males than in females.
  • The majority of brain cancer deaths occurred in people aged between 50 and 79 years: 69 per cent of males and 67 per cent of females.

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

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Brain 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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