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released: 14 Jun 2017 author: AIHW media release

Cancer was the greatest cause of health burden in Australia in 2011, accounting for around one-fifth of the total disease burden. Most (94%) of this burden was due to dying prematurely, with only a small proportion of the burden due to living with a cancer diagnosis. This report explores in further detail the burden of cancer in Australia, including cancer burden in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people, and by remoteness and socioeconomic group. It also looks at how the cancer burden has changed since 2003, and the potential burden of cancer expected in 2020.

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Publication table of contents

  • Burden of cancer in Australia: Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011
    • Preliminary material
      • Title & verso title pages
      • Contents
      • Acknowledgments
      • Abbreviations
      • Symbols
      • Summary
    • Body content
      • 1 Introduction
        • What is burden of disease?
      • 2 Methods summary
        • Definition of cancer in ABDS 2011
        • Cancer of unknown primary site
        • Ductal carcinoma in situ
        • How is the burden of cancer measured?
        • How is the contribution of risk factors measured?
        • Where do the data for cancer burden come from?
        • Quality of cancer burden of disease estimates
      • 3 Cancer burden in 2011
        • Cancer burden in context of other disease groups
        • Overview of cancer burden
        • Fatal burden of cancer
        • Non-fatal burden of cancer
        • Burden attributable to specific risk factors
      • 4 Cancer burden in key population groups
        • Cancer burden in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
        • Cancer burden by state and territory
        • Cancer burden by remoteness
        • Cancer burden by socioeconomic position
      • 5 Change in cancer burden since 2003
        • Change in total cancer burden
        • Drivers of the change in cancer burden
        • Changes in risk factors for cancer
        • Change in cancer burden in Indigenous Australians
      • 6 Potential cancer burden in 2020
        • Potential fatal burden in 2020
        • Potential non-fatal burden in 2020
    • End matter
      • Appendix A: Methods
        • Measuring the fatal burden of cancer
        • Measuring the non-fatal burden of cancer
        • Measuring the differences in cancer burden between populations and time points
        • Estimating the potential cancer burden in 2020
        • Measuring the burden of cancer attributable to specific risk factors
      • Appendix B: Additional tables and figures
      • Glossary
      • References
      • List of tables
      • List of figures
      • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2017. Burden of cancer in Australia: Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011. Australian Burden of Disease Study series no. 12. Cat. no. BOD 13. Canberra: AIHW.

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