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Liver cancer in NSW

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

Key incidence facts

  • Incidence rates of liver cancer have increased significantly in males over the last ten years, but there has been no significant change in females.
  • After allowing for differences in age, males were 3.6 times more likely than females to be diagnosed with liver cancer.
  • Liver cancer incidence was considerably higher in males than in females across all age categories.
  • The majority of new liver cancer cases were diagnosed in people aged 50 years and over: 92 per cent of both males and females.
Liver cancer incidence statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll people
New cases, 2010 423 134 557
New cases, 2001 220 90 310
Percentage of all cancer, 2010 1.9% 0.8% 1.4%
Rank against all cancer, 2010 15 25 18
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 upward trend 11.2 3.1 upward trend 7.0
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 7.2 2.4 4.6
APC2 between 2001 and 2010 4.4% 2.4% 4.1%
Risk of diagnosis by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 69 1 in 231 1 in 109
Median age at diagnosis, 2010 64 74 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.

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

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Liver cancer cases by age group, NSW, 2010

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Liver cancer mortality statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll
people
Total deaths, 2010 275 101 376
Total deaths, 2001 161 60 221
Percentage of all cancer deaths, 2010 3.6% 1.7% 2.7%
Rank against all cancer deaths, 2010 10 19 13
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 7.4 2.3 4.7
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 5.3 1.6 3.3
Risk of death by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 99 1 in 329 1 in 158
Median age at death, 2010 68 74 70

Key mortality facts

  • The mortality rate from liver cancer has been increasing in both males and females since the mid 1980s. The increase in males has been more pronounced than in females.
  • After allowing for differences in age, liver cancer deaths were 3.2 times more likely to occur in males than in females.
  • Liver cancer deaths were considerably higher in males than in females across all age categories.
  • The majority of liver cancer deaths occurred in people aged 50 years and over: 95 per cent of males and 95 per cent of females.

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

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Liver 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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