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released: 19 Dec 2008 author: AIHW media release

Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2008 presents comprehensive national data on cancer incidence and mortality in 2005 and projections for 2006 to 2010. Other topics covered include incidence of lymphohaematopoietic cancers using a WHO-based classification scheme, cancers attributed to smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, incidence in the states and territories, incidence rates and most common cancers over the life span and cancer-related hospitalisations. Summaries are provided for cancer survival, cancer prevalence, the cancer screening programs and the burden of cancer. The report is complemented by substantial online cancer data on the AIHW website.

ISSN 1039-3307; ISBN 978 1 74024 868 6; Cat. no. CAN 42; 162pp.; Out of print

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Contributors
    • Summary
      • Main findings
  • Body material
    1. Introduction
      • 1.1 What is cancer?
      • 1.2 Cancer surveillance in Australia
      • 1.3 National Cancer Statistics Clearing House
    2. Incidence in 2005
      • 2.1 Main findings
    3. Incidence projections for 2006-2010
      • 3.1 Main assumption
      • 3.2 Main findings
    4. Mortality in 2005
      • 4.1 Main findings
    5. Mortality projections for 2006-2010
      • 5.1 Main assumption
      • 5.2 Main findings
    6. Incidence of lymphohaematopoietic cancers in 2005
    7. Cancers attributed to smoking and excessive alcohol consumption in 2005
      • 7.1 Main findings
    8. Incidence in the states and territories, 2001-2005
      • 8.1 All cancers combined (excluding non-elanocytic skin cancer)
      • 8.2 Melanoma of the skin
      • 8.3 All cancers, excluding all skin cancers
      • 8.4 Prostate cancer
      • 8.5 Colorectal cancer
      • 8.6 Breast cancer in females
      • 8.7 Lung cancer
    9. Incidence rates and most common cancers over the life span
      • 9.1 Definitions
      • 9.2 Incidence rates over the life span
      • 9.3 Most common cancers over the life span
    10. Cancer survival, 1982-2004
      • 10.1 Main findings
      • 10.2 International comparison of mortality-to-incidence ratios
    11. Prevalence of cancer at end of 2004
      • 11.1 Introduction
      • 11.2 Main findings
    12. National cancer screening programs
      • 12.1 Introduction
      • 12.2 National Cervical Screening Program
      • 12.3 BreastScreen Australia Program
      • 12.4 National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
    13. Cancer-related hospital separations, 2002-03 to 2006-07
      • 13.1 Introduction
      • 13.2 Main findings
    14. Burden of cancer in 2003
      • 14.1 Introduction
      • 14.2 Main findings
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      1. Cancer registration in Australia
      2. Non-elanocytic skin cancer
      3. Cancer data on the AIHW website
      4. Methods
      5. Cancers attributed to smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
      6. AACR/ABCR classification of lymphohaematopoietic cancers
      7. Population data
      8. Cancer registries contact list
      9. Data sources
    • Abbreviations and glossary
    • References
    • Related state and territory cancer registry publications
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2008. Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2008. Cancer series no. 46. Cat. no. CAN 42. Canberra: AIHW.

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