SA cancer rates amongst lowest in nation

Friday, 3 February 2016

South Australia has some of the lowest rates of cancer in the country, according to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report published today.

SA Health’s Director of Epidemiology, Dr Katina D'Onise said the Cancer in Australia 2017 report data showed that South Australia was below the national average rate for incidence and mortality of all cancers combined.

“Cancer is the leading cause of disease burden in Australia and something which has touched the lives of everyone at some point,” Dr D’Onise said.

“This report provides a national snapshot of cancer screening, incidence, mortality and survival rates across the country.

“From 2008-12 South Australia reported a total of 46,970 diagnoses of cancer, averaging 9,394 per year.

“There are a number of risk factors associated with various cancers, including smoking, diet, family history and some occupational exposures.

“Nationally, between 1984-88 and 2009-13 the five-year relative survival for all cancers increased from 48 per cent to 68 per cent.

“There are national population-based screening programs for breast, cervical and bowel cancer, but of course it is important that people have regular health check-ups and see their GP.”

Tomorrow, February 4, is World Cancer Day.

The report is available on the AIHW website

Incidence rate for all cancers per 100,000 people (2008-12)

State/Territory Cases
Queensland 532
Tasmania 517
New South Wales 500
Western Australia 493
Victoria 483
South Australia 478
Northern Territory 463
Australian Capital Territory 460

Mortality rate for all cancers per 100,000 people (2010-14)

State/Territory Cases
Northern Territory 218
Tasmania 189
Queensland 176
New South Wales 169
South Australia 167
Victoria 165
Western Australia 162
Australian Capital Territory 148


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