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Visit the Healthy community indicatorsExternal link, opens in a new window.[https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-data/indicators/healthy-community-indicators] page to use the new interactive tool to explore health topics including health risk factors, cancer, expenditure, and different population groups in your Primary Health Network (PHN) area.

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Once the MyHealthyCommunities website closes, you will be able to access an archived version through TroveExternal link, opens in a new window.[https://trove.nla.gov.au/], the National Library of Australia’sExternal link, opens in a new window.[https://www.nla.gov.au/] web archive. Please note the interactive content will not work in the archived version.

Web update: Incidence of selected cancers in 2009–2013 - Web update - Overview

Web update: Incidence of selected cancers in 2009–2013

Overview

Cancer is a major cause of illness in Australia and has a substantial social and economic impact on individuals, families and the community.

Local information about cancer incidence – newly diagnosed cases of cancer – offers important context for local health care professionals.

Cancer incidence rates are provided for all cancers combined as well as breast, cervical, prostate, colorectal, lung and melanoma of the skin. Cancers were selected based on their importance to public health care providers because they are the most commonly diagnosed, have modifiable risk factors or have a population-based screening program.

All rates are age-standardised, and are presented for the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas and more than 300 smaller local areas across Australia. Data are available for the five-year period from 2009 to 2013, as at the time of creation, 2013 was the most recent year for which actual data was available nationally.

The data show that:

  • Nationally, the incidence of all cancers was 497 new cases per 100,000 people (age-standardised)
  • Across PHN areas, rates ranged from 456 (North Western Melbourne, Vic) to 546 new cases per 100,000 people (North Coast, NSW)
  • For cervical and lung cancers and melanoma of the skin, the PHN area with the highest incidence rate (age-standardised) was more than twice that of the PHN area with the lowest rate
  • There was even greater variation in incidence rates across the smaller local areas.

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In 2009–2013, the incidence of all cancers rate ranged across Primary Health Network areas:

  • The national rate was 497 cases per 100,000 people (age-standardised)
  • The highest rate was 546 cases per 100,000 people (age-standardised) in North Coast (NSW )
  • The lowest rate was 456 cases per 100,000 people (age-standardised) in North Western Melbourne (Vic).

Local cancer incidence rates also available for breast, cervical, prostate, colorectal, lung and melanoma of the skin.