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Head and neck cancer in NSW

The latest incidence data and trends for head and neck cancer in NSW.

Key incidence facts

  • Incidence rates of head and neck cancer have increased significantly over the last ten years in all people.
  • After allowing for differences in age, males were 2.7 times more likely than females to be diagnosed with head and neck cancer.
  • Head and neck cancer incidence was considerably higher in males than in females across all age categories.
  • The majority of new head and neck cancer cases were diagnosed in people aged 60 years and over: 62 per cent of males and 64 per cent of females.
  • Head and neck cancer incidence ranked 8th in males, 15th in females and 9th overall.
Head and neck incidence cancer statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll people
New cases, 2010 795 315 1,110
New cases, 2001 615 236 851
Percentage of all cancer, 2010 3.6% 1.8% 2.8%
Rank against all cancer, 2010 8 15 9
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 20.9 7.7 upward trend 14.0
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 19.7 6.7 12.8
APC2 between 2001 and 2010 0.7% 0.7% 0.8%
Risk of diagnosis by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 38 1 in 106 1 in 57
Median age at diagnosis, 2010 63 67 64

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

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

Head and neck cancer incidence, age-standardised rate, NSW, 1972-2010

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Head and neck cancer cases by age group, NSW, 2010

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Head and neck cancer mortality statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll
people
Total deaths, 2010 273 90 363
Total deaths, 2001 281 86 367
Percentage of all cancer deaths, 2010 3.6% 1.5% 2.7%
Rank against all cancer deaths, 2010 11 20 15
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 7.2 2.0 4.5
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 9.2 2.3 5.5
Risk of death by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 97 1 in 339 1 in 156
Median age at death, 2010 68 78 70

Key mortality facts

  • The mortality rate from head and neck cancer has been declining substantially in males since the early 1990s.
  • After allowing for differences in age, head and neck cancer deaths were 3.6 times more likely to occur in males than in females.
  • Head and neck cancer deaths were considerably higher in males than in females across all age categories, in particular for the 60 to 69 year age group.
  • The majority of head and neck cancer deaths occurred in people aged 60 years and over: 78 per cent of males and 89 per cent of females.

Head and neck cancer mortality, age-standardised rate, 1972-20083

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Head and neck 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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