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released: 15 Dec 2004 author: AIHW media release

Cancer in Australia 2001 present comprehensive national data on cancer incidence and mortality and summary data on cancer screening, the cancer workforce and cancer expenditure in Australia. The report provides 2001 data for cancers by site, age and sex, and summary data for each State and Territory. Incidence and mortality trends since the early 1980s and age patterns for selected cancers are features of this report. Cancer in Australia 2001 is an important reference from the Cancer Series for all those interested in the health of Australians.

ISSN 1039 3307; ISBN 978 1 74024 434 3; Cat. no. CAN 23; 141pp.; Internet only

Full publication

Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (210K PDF)
    • Title page and verso
    • Contents
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Preface
    • Contributors
    • Executive summary
  • Sections
    1. Introduction (277K PDF)
      • What is cancer?
      • Cancer surveillance in Australia
      • The National Cancer Statistics Clearing House
      • Other sources of data on cancer
      • Structure of this report
    2. Cancer in Australia
      • General
      • Most common cancers
      • Age and sex differences
      • Cancer prevalence
      • Cancers attributed to smoking and alcohol consumption
      • Cancer rates in the states and territories, 1997-2001
      • Mesothelioma data in the National Cancer Statistics Clearing House
    3. Cancer trends(431K PDF)
      • National trends in cancer incidence and mortality
    4. Incidence and mortality tables
      • Guide to interpreting incidence and mortality tables
    5. Other sources of cancer data
      • Cancer mortality-multiple causes of death
      • Cancer mortality by remoteness category
      • Cancer expenditure
      • Cancer screening
      • Management of cancer in general practice
      • International comparison
    • End matter
      • Tables (246K PDF)
        • Summary tables 2001
        • Tables for selected cancers 2001
      • Appendixes (219K PDF)
        • Appendix A: International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision-cancer codes and combinations used in this report
        • Appendix B: Methods
        • Appendix C: Population data
        • Appendix D: Cancer registration in Australia
        • Appendix E: Cancer registries contact list
        • Appendix F: Tables published on the Internet
      • Glossary (186K PDF)
      • Data sources
      • References
      • Related publications

Notes and corrections

The current version of the publication is presented above.

Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1. (5 Sep 2005) This electronic copy differs from the hard copy, for changes please see Errata (63KB PDF).
  2. Attributable fractions reported in Ridolfo and Stevenson 2001 were used to calculate the numbers of cancers attributable to smoking and alcohol presented in Cancer in Australia 1999, Cancer in Australia 2000 and Cancer in Australia 2001. However, the fractions for cancers attributable to alcohol presented in table 2 (page 18 of the 1999 report, page 19 of the 2000 report and page 17 of the 2001 report) were inadvertently not updated in the printed versions of these reports and still reflect earlier fractions reported by English et al. 1995. There was also a problem with the way the fractions for cancers attributable to smoking were applied for female cancers and pages 17, 18, 78, 79, 101 and 104 have been corrected and replaced.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2004. Cancer in Australia 2001. Cat. no. CAN 23. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 20 January 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467673>.

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