Web update: Incidence of selected cancers in 2006–2010 - Technical Note - Indicator specification

Web update: Incidence of selected cancers in 2006–2010

Indicator specification

This measure reflects the incidence of selected cancers over the five-year period 2006–2010.

Indicator disaggregation Rates are reported for the following diseases:
  • Incidence of all cancers combined (persons)
  • Incidence of breast cancer (females)
  • Incidence of cervical cancer (females)
  • Incidence of colorectal cancer (persons)
  • Incidence of lung cancer (persons)
  • Incidence of melanoma of the skin (persons)
  • Incidence of prostate cancer (males)
Data source
Data sources

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2012 Australian Cancer Database (ACD)

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Estimated Resident Population (ERP) at 30 June 2006–2010

Indicator description and calculation
Type of measurement Age-standardised rate per 100,000 population, reported as an integer.
Method of adjustment Direct age-standardisation1. The standard population used was the ABS ERP at 30 June 2001.
Numerator The number of all new cancers diagnosed during 2006–2010, for each of the cancers specified by the ICD-103 codes below.
  • Incidence of all cancers combined (persons)

    C00–C97, D45–D46, D47.1, D47.3–D47.5 (except those C44 codes that indicate a basal cell carcinoma or a squamous cell carcinoma)

  • Incidence of breast cancer (females) C50
  • Incidence of cervical cancer (females) C53
  • Incidence of colorectal cancer (persons) C18–20
  • Incidence of lung cancer (persons) C33–44
  • Incidence of melanoma of the skin (persons) C43
  • Incidence of prostate cancer (males) C61
Denominator The sum of the ABS ERPs for females, males or all persons as at 30 June for each year between 2006–2010.
Calculation (Numerator ÷ denominator) × 100 (age-standardised)
Geographic disaggregation SA2 of residence reported at the following levels:
  • Primary Health Network (PHN) area
  • Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3).
Suppression The age-standardised rate is suppressed and reported as ‘NP’ if any of the following conditions are met:
  • If the number of cancer cases (numerator) is less than 20 for an area
  • If the population of an area (denominator) is less than 2,500.