This report represents the significant contributions and the continuing partnership of Cancer Australia, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and the Australasian Association of Cancer Registries. Cancer Australia works to reduce the impact of cancer and improve the wellbeing of those diagnosed by ensuring that evidence informs cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and supportive care.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s work informs and supports the development of policy and programs on Australia’s health and welfare through the provision of relevant, timely and high-quality information. The current report provides a nationwide snapshot of a major condition affecting a substantial number of Australians. It identifies the relationship between breast cancer incidence and mortality and geographical remoteness, socioeconomic status, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, and country of birth.
In addition, information on survival, prevalence, hospitalisations, expenditure, and the burden of disease from breast cancer indicates the impact of this disease on our population and health system. Importantly, the report identifies areas of significant change over time and provides projections for the future to assist in planning for services and patient needs.