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Lung cancer in NSW

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

Key incidence facts

  • Lung cancer incidence ranked fourth in males, fifth in females and fifth overall.
  • Incidence rates of lung cancer have increased significantly in females over the last ten years, but there has been no significant change in males.
  • After allowing for differences in age, males were 1.7 times more likely than females to be diagnosed with lung cancer.
  • Lung cancer incidence peaks in the 70−79 year age group in both males and females and then declines.
  • The majority of new lung cancer cases were diagnosed in people aged 60 years and over: 85 per cent of males and 82 per cent of females.
  • One in twelve males will develop lung cancer by the age of 85 years.

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Lung cancer incidence statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll people
New cases, 2010 2,147 1,428 3,575
New cases, 2001 1,848 958 2,806
Percentage of all cancer, 2010 9.6% 8.4% 9.1%
Rank against all cancer, 2010 4 5 5
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 57.8 upward trend 33.3 upward trend 44.3
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 60.7 26.5 41.7
APC2 between 2001 and 2010 -0.7% 2.7% 0.7%
Risk of diagnosis by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 12 1 in 21 1 in 16
Median age at diagnosis, 2010 72 70 71

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

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

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

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Lung cancer cases by age group, NSW, 2010

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Lung cancer mortality statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll
people
Total deaths, 2010 1,669 1,118 2,787
Total deaths, 2001 1,578 771 2,349
Percentage of all cancer deaths, 2010 21.9% 18.4% 20.3%
Rank against all cancer deaths, 2010 1 1 1
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 45.4 25.5 34.3
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 52.5 21.2 34.9
Risk of death by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 15 1 in 27 1 in 20
Median age at death, 2010 74 73 73

Key mortality facts

  • Lung cancer deaths ranked first in males, females and overall.
  • The mortality rate from lung cancer has been declining in males since the late 1980s, while the mortality rate has risen steadily in females since the early 1970s.
  • After allowing for differences in age, lung cancer deaths were 1.8 times more likely to occur in males than in females.
  • The majority of lung cancer deaths occurred in people aged 60 years and over: 86 per cent of males and 85 per cent of females.

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

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Lung 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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