Cancer Incidence and Mortality Report 2010
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Cancer is a major public health issue in Australia and many parts of the world. The lifetime risk of being diagnosed with cancer by age 85 is still one in two males and one in three females.
- 39,484 new cases (22,385 males and 17,099 females) of cancer diagnosed in NSW in 2010.
- The overall number of new cancer diagnoses increased by almost 5% compared with 2009**.
- Males were 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than females.
- Prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women remain the most common cancers in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in 2003-20071.
- Cancer diagnosis rates in 2003-20071 were overall, slightly higher in non-Aboriginal peoples than Aboriginal peoples, but differed by cancer type and gender.
- Lung cancer is almost twice as common in Aboriginal peoples than non-Aboriginal peoples.
- 13,698 people (7,618 males and 6,080 females) died from cancer in NSW in 2010.
- The overall number of cancer deaths increased by more than 3% compared with 2008**.
- Cancer deaths were 1.5 times more likely to occur in males than females.
- In 2003-20071, lung cancer was the most common cause of cancer death in: Aboriginal men, non-Aboriginal men and Aboriginal women; but in non-Aboriginal women breast cancer was the most common cause of cancer death.
- Overall, in 2003-20071 Aboriginal peoples were 1.4 times more likely to die from cancer than non-Aboriginal peoples, but varied by cancer and gender.
- Aboriginal peoples were almost twice as likely to die from lung cancer than non-Aboriginal peoples.
* ASR is age-standardised rate, standardised to the Australian 2001 population.
** 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 Report 2010.
Notes (Aboriginal peoples):
- 2003-2007 data contains imputed Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal statuses for missing values. For further information refer to Appendix 5 of Cancer in NSW: Incidence and Mortality Report 2010.
- Incidence and mortality rates of Aboriginal peoples published in this report, may differ to those previously published by the Cancer Institute NSW, due to the revision of Aboriginal populations by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. For further information refer to Appendix 5 of Cancer in NSW: Incidence and Mortality Report 2010.