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Leukaemia in NSW

The latest incidence data and trends for leukaemia in NSW.

Key incidence facts

  • Incidence rates of leukaemia have decreased signficantly in both males and females over the last ten years.
  • Among children, leukaemia was the most common cancer in both boys and girls aged under 15 years.
  • After allowing for differences in age, males were 1.8 times more likely than females to be diagnosed with leukaemia.
  • The majority of new leukaemia cases were diagnosed in people aged 60 years and over: 65 per cent of males and 65 per cent of females.
Leukaemia incidence statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll people
New cases, 2010 612 380 992
New cases, 2001 575 386 961
Percentage of all cancer, 2010 2.7% 2.2% 2.5%
Rank against all cancer, 2010 11 14 12
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 downward trend 16.7 downward trend 9.1 downward trend 12.5
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 18.8 10.7 14.4
APC2 between 2001 and 2010  -2.5%  -2.6%  -2.5%
Risk of diagnosis by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 51 1 in 91 1 in 66
Median age at diagnosis, 2010 67 68 67

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

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

Leukaemia incidence, age-standardised rate, NSW, 1972-2010

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Leukaemia cases by age group, NSW, 2010

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Leukaemia mortality statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll
people
Total deaths, 2010 260 204 464
Total deaths, 2001 283 208 491
Percentage of all cancer deaths, 2010 3.4% 3.4% 3.4%
Rank against all cancer deaths, 2010 12 10 10
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 7.2 4.3 5.6
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 9.8 5.5 7.3
Risk of death by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 101 1 in 168 1 in 128
Median age at death, 2010 75 80 77

Key mortality facts

  • The mortality rate from leukaemia has been declining in both males and females since the early 1990s.
  • After allowing for differences in age, leukaemia deaths were 1.7 times more likely to occur in males than in females.
  • The majority of leukaemia deaths occurred in people aged 60 years and over: 81 per cent of males and 89 per cent of females.

Leukaemia mortality, age-standardised rate, 1972-20083

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Leukaemia 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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