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Multiple myeloma in NSW

The latest incidence data and trends for multiple myeloma in NSW.

Key incidence facts

  • Incidence rates of multiple myeloma have not changed significantly in males and females over the last ten years.
  • After allowing for differences in age, males were 2.1 times more likely than females to be diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
  • New cases of multiple myeloma were considerably higher in males than in females across all age categories.
  • The majority of new multiple myeloma cases were diagnosed in people aged 60 years and over: 77 per cent of males and 81 per cent of females.
Multiple myeloma incidence statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll people
New cases, 2010 317 176 493
New cases, 2001 261 173 434
Percentage of all cancer, 2010 1.4% 1.0% 1.2%
Rank against all cancer, 2010 16 20 20
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 8.5 4.0 6.1
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 8.7 4.7 6.5
APC2 between 2001 and 2010 -1.3% -2.0% -1.5%
Risk of diagnosis by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 88 1 in 182 1 in 121
Median age at diagnosis, 2010 70 71 70

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

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

Multiple myeloma incidence, age-standardised rate, NSW, 1972-2010

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Multiple myeloma cases by age group, NSW, 2010

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Multiple myeloma mortality statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll
people
Total deaths, 2010 140 118 258
Total deaths, 2001 117 119 236
Percentage of all cancer deaths, 2010 1.8% 1.9% 1.9%
Rank against all cancer deaths, 2010 19 16 20
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 3.8 2.6 3.1
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 4.0 3.1 3.5
Risk of death by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 184 1 in 230 1 in 206
Median age at death, 2010 76 78 77

Key mortality facts

  • The mortality rate from multiple myeloma has been stable since the early 1990s in both males and females.
  • After allowing for differences in age, multiple myeloma deaths were 1.5 times more likely to occur in males than in females.
  • The majority of multiple myeloma deaths occurred in people aged 60 years and over: 94 per cent of both males and females.

Multiple myeloma mortality, age-standardised rate, 1972-20083

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Multiple myeloma 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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