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Thyroid cancer in NSW

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

Key incidence facts

  • Incidence rates of thyroid cancer have increased significantly in both males and females over the last ten years.
  • Allowing for differences in age, females were 3.4 times more likely to be diagnosed with thyroid cancer than males.
  • Unlike most other cancers, the incidence of thyroid cancer peaked in the 25−49 year age group in both males and females.
  • The majority of new thyroid cancer cases were diagnosed in people aged between 25 and 69 years: 80 per cent of females and 84 per cent of males.
  • The median age at diagnosis of thyroid cancer was relatively low compared to most other cancers in both males and females.
Thyroid cancer incidence statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll people
New cases, 2010 197 678 875
New cases, 2001 115 352 467
Percentage of all cancer, 2010 0.9% 4.0% 2.2%
Rank against all cancer, 2010 22 7 14
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 upward trend 5.4 upward trend 18.1 upward trend 11.8
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 3.6 10.6 7.1
APC2 between 2001 and 2010 6.3% 5.8% 5.9%
Risk of diagnosis by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 179 1 in 61 1 in 91
Median age at diagnosis, 2010 54 50 51

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

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

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

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Thyroid cancer cases by age group, NSW, 2010

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Thyroid cancer mortality statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll
people
Total deaths, 2010 10 29 39
Total deaths, 2001 9 16 25
Percentage of all cancer deaths, 2010 0.1% 0.5% 0.3%
Rank against all cancer deaths, 2010 29 27 30
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 0.3 0.6 0.5
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 0.3 0.4 0.4
Risk of death by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 2,197 1 in 1,229 1 in 1,554
Median age at death, 2010 73 77 76

Key mortality facts

  • After allowing for differences in age, thyroid cancer deaths were twice as likely to occur in females than in males.
  • The majority of thyroid cancer deaths occurred in people aged 60 years and over: 90 per cent of males and 83 per cent of females.

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

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Thyroid 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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