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Oesophageal cancer in NSW

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

Key incidence facts

  • Incidence rates of oesophageal cancer in females have decreased significantly over the last ten years, but there has been no significant change in males.
  • After allowing for differences in age, males were 2.6 times more likely than females to be diagnosed with oesophageal cancer.
  • More males were diagnosed with oesophageal cancer than females across all age categories.
  • The majority of new oesophageal cancer cases were diagnosed in people aged 60 years and over: 79 per cent of males and 90 per cent of females.
Oesophageal cancer incidence statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll people
New cases, 2010 309 140 449
New cases, 2001 218 136 354
Percentage of all cancer, 2010 1.4% 0.8% 1.1%
Rank against all cancer, 2010 17 24 21
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 8.2 3.1 5.5
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 7.1 3.6 5.3
APC2 between 2001 and 2010 0.6% downward trend -1.8% -0.1%
Risk of diagnosis by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 89 1 in 226 1 in 131
Median age at diagnosis, 2010 70 76 72

upward trend Increasing trend (p<0.05) over years 2000 to 2009.

downward trend Decreasing trend (p<0.05) over years 2000 to 2009.

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

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Oesophageal cancer cases by age group, NSW, 2010

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Oesophageal cancer mortality statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll
people
Total deaths, 2010 243 105 348
Total deaths, 2001 185 107 292
Percentage of all cancer deaths, 2010 3.2% 1.7% 2.5%
Rank against all cancer deaths, 2010 13 18 16
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 6.5 2.2 4.2
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 6.2 2.7 4.3
Risk of death by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 112 1 in 353 1 in 175
Median age at death, 2010 70 80 73

Key mortality facts

  • The mortality rate from oesophageal cancer has been declining in females since the early 1990s, but has steadily risen in males.
  • After allowing for differences in age, oesophageal cancer deaths were three times more likely to occur in males than in females.
  • Oesophageal cancer deaths were considerably higher in males than in females across all age categories.
  • The majority of oesophageal cancer deaths occurred in people aged 60 years and over: 81 per cent of males and 90 per cent of females.

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

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Oesophageal 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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