AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Conferences & events Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders
By category Ageing, disability & carers Families & children Hospitals Housing & homelessness Indigenous Australians Population groups Risk factors, diseases & death Services, workforce & spending
By subjectAdoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases
Chronic kidney disease Chronic respiratory conditions Deaths Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Injury Life expectancy
Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Data Publications Contact AIHW
Publications CatalogueOrdering publicationsForthcoming publicationsRate our publication effectivenessSubscribe to release notices
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular health Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases Chronic kidney disease
Chronic respiratory conditions Corporate publications Data linkage Deaths Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition General practice Health indicators Health priority areas Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Indigenous housing
Juvenile justice Life expectancy Male health Mental health Mothers & babies Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Subjects Data Contact AIHW
About AIHW data METeOR - metadata online registry Data catalogue Catalogue of holdings of AIHW data Data integration Data standards Privacy of data
By subject Aged care Alcohol and other drugs Alcohol data sources Burden of disease Body weight data sources Cancer Children's headline indicators
Chronic disease indicators Deaths Disability eHealth Expenditure FHBH - Fixing houses for better health General practice (GP) data Hospitals
Height and weight data sources Indigenous Australians International collaboration Medical indemnity Mental health National indicator catalogue Risk factors statistics Tobacco data sources Workforce
In other sections Subjects Publications Contact AIHW
AACR ACFADD AHSAC AIHW Board AIHW Ethics Committee CKDMAC AODTS NMDS WG CMAG CSDWG CVDMAC HEAC HHIMG
JJ RIG MHISS MyHospitals NAGATSIHID NCIAG NCSIMG NDDWG NDIMG NHISSC NIAG NIRAPIMG
NMDD NMDS NPDDC NPHEP NPHIC PCDWG PDWG PHIDG PHIG REDWG Workforce committees YIAG
Education worksheets What's in the pipeline Subscribe to education notices Other educational links
Worksheets by subject All Latest Ageing Australia's health Australia's welfare Carers
Children & youth Disability Disease Drugs
Health Health prevention Indigenous Australians Injury
In other sections Subjects Data Publications Contact AIHW
Job vacancies How to apply for a position at the AIHW Conditions of employment Benefits of working for the AIHW Indigenous temporary employment register Temporary employment register Occupational Training Program Contact the People Unit Subscribe to employment notices Graduate Program
Conferences & events Media releases Subscribe to release notices Media FAQ Media contacts
You are here:
While cancer in adolescents and young adults remains a concern, outcomes for young people are largely positive, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The report, Cancer in adolescents and young adults in Australia, is the first to present a national, comprehensive picture of cancer in young people aged 15–29.
Cancer in adolescents and young adults accounted for 1.7% of all cancer cases diagnosed in Australia, with melanoma the most common cancer diagnosed in this age group.
‘Almost 8,800 new cases of cancer (excluding basal and squamous cell carcinomas of the skin) were diagnosed in people aged 15–29 between 2003 and 2007,’ said AIHW spokesperson Chris Sturrock.
‘The good news is that the death rate from cancer in those aged 15–29 decreased by almost 2% per year between 1983 and 2007,’ Ms Sturrock said.
There were just over 1,000 cancer deaths in adolescents and young adults between 2003 and 2007—making up 9% of all deaths in this age group, with the most common cause of cancer death being brain cancer.
‘Survival for young people with cancer is also quite high and has improved,’ Ms Sturrock said.
In the period 2004–2010, adolescents and young adults with cancer, compared with those in the general population, were 88% as likely to be alive five years after diagnosis.
However, cancer outcomes for adolescents and young adults did vary for different population groups.
‘In the period 2003–2007, those living outside Major cities were more likely to be diagnosed with and to die from cancer than their counterparts in Major cities,’ Ms Sturrock said.
In the period 2004–2010, survival from all cancers combined was higher for 15–29-year-olds living in areas of the highest socioeconomic status than for those in the lowest.
The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.
Canberra, 1 December 2011
Further information: Ms Chris Sturrock, AIHW, (02) 6244 1118, mob. 0407 915 851
For media copies of the report: Publications Officer 02 6244 1032
Full report: Cancer in adolescents and young adults in Australia