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Prostate cancer in NSW

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

Key incidence facts

  • Prostate cancer incidence ranked first in males and accounted for 30 per cent of all new cancer diagnoses in males.
  • Incidence rates of prostate cancer have increased significantly over the last ten years.
  • The number of newly diagnosed prostate cancer cases decreased by 475 compared to 2009, and was the first decline in incidence since the mid 1990s.
  • The majority of new prostate cancer cases were diagnosed in males aged 60 years and over (80 per cent).
  • One in five males will develop prostate cancer by the age of 85 years.
Prostate cancer incidence statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll people
New cases, 2010 6,815 - -
New cases, 2001 3,924 - -
Percentage of all cancer, 2010 30.4% - -
Rank against all cancer, 2010 1 - -
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 upward trend 176.2 - -
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 129.6 - -
APC2 between 2001 and 2010 4.2% - -
Risk of diagnosis by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 5 - -
Median age at diagnosis, 2010 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.

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

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Prostate cancer cases by age group, NSW, 2010

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Prostate cancer mortality statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll
people
Total deaths, 2010 987
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Total deaths, 2001 948
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Percentage of all cancer deaths, 2010 13.0%
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Rank against all cancer deaths, 2010 2
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ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 27.7
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ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 35.6
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Risk of death by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 27
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Median age at death, 2010 81
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Key mortality facts

  • Prostate cancer deaths ranked second in males and accounted for 13 per cent of all cancer deaths in males.
  • The mortality rate from prostate cancer has been declining since the mid 1990s.
  • The majority of prostate cancer deaths occurred in people aged 60 years and over: 98 per cent of males.

Prostate cancer mortality, age standardised rate, 1972-20083

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Prostate 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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