Gynaecological cancers in Australia: an overview

25 Sep 2012

This report provides a comprehensive picture of gynaecological cancer in Australia including how rates differ by geographical area, socioeconomic status, Indigenous status and country of birth.

This report provides for the first time a comprehensive summary of national statistics about gynaecological cancer in Australia. It is aimed at a wide audience, including health professionals, policy makers, health planners, educators, researchers, consumers and the broader public. Gynaecological cancers (including ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal, vulval and cancers of other female genital organs and placenta) accounted for about 9% of all reported cancer cases in females in 2008, equating to an average of 12 females diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer every day.
As a result of the ageing and growth of the population, the number of females diagnosed with ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer is expected to increase until 2020. Gynaecological cancers in Australia: an overview provides information about gynaecological cancer incidence and mortality by geographical remoteness, socioeconomic status, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, and country of birth. In addition, data about survival, prevalence, hospitalisation, and burden of disease from gynaecological cancer contextualise the impact of gynaecological cancer on our population and health system.
Importantly, this report identifies some significant improvements over time, including a reduction in age-standardised mortality rates between 1982 and 2007 of about 20% for ovarian cancer and a reduction in age-standardised mortality rates between 1982 and 2002 of about 60% for cervical cancer.

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