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released: 26 Oct 2009 media release

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in Australian women with over 12,000 new cases diagnosed in 2006, and projections suggest that the number of new cases will continue to grow. A total of 2,618 women died from breast cancer in 2006, making it the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths for women. Trend data indicate that breast cancer mortality rates for females have been declining since the mid 1990s and that outcomes for women diagnosed with breast cancer have improved over recent decades. These and other data in this report provide a comprehensive picture of breast cancer in Australia including how breast cancer rates differ by Indigenous status, country of birth and geographic area.

ISSN 1039-3307; ISBN 978 1 74024 966 9; Cat. no. CAN 46; 170pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (302KB PDF)
    • Foreword
    • Acknowledgments
    • Contents
    • Abbreviations
      • Symbols
    • Executive summary
  • Body section
    1. Introduction (396KB PDF)
      • What is breast cancer?
      • Purpose and structure of this report
      • Data interpretation
      • Data sources
    2. Incidence of breast cancer (224KB PDF)
      • Incidence of breast cancer in females
        • Incidence in 2006
        • Trends
        • Risk of breast cancer and average age at diagnosis
        • Projections
        • International comparisons
        • Type of breast cancer
        • Anatomical location
        • Incidence by stage at diagnosis
        • Differences across groups
      • Incidence of ductal carcinoma in situ in females
      • Incidence of breast cancer in males
    3. Mortality from breast cancer (191KB PDF)
      • Mortality of females from breast cancer
        • Mortality in 2006
        • Trends
        • International comparisons
        • Risk of death and average age at death
        • Differences across groups
        • Breast cancer as an associated cause of death
      • Mortality of males from breast cancer
    4. Survival after a diagnosis of breast cancer (193KB PDF)
      • Survival of females with breast cancer
        • Survival of females diagnosed in 2000 to 2006
        • Trends
        • International comparisons
        • Survival by type of breast cancer
        • Survival by stage at diagnosis
        • Differences across groups
      • Survival of males with breast cancer
    5. Prevalence of breast cancer (153KB PDF)
      • Prevalence of breast cancer among females
        • Prevalence in 2006
        • Differences across groups
      • Prevalence of breast cancer among males
    6. Burden of disease due to breast cancer (144KB PDF)
      • Burden of disease due to breast cancer in females
        • Burden of disease in 2003
        • Trends
      • Burden of disease due to breast cancer in males
    7. Mammography (181KB PDF)
      • Screening mammography
        • Screening mammography in 2005-2006
        • Trends
        • Differences across groups
      • Medicare Benefits Schedule-funded mammography
        • MBS-funded mammography for females
        • MBS-funded mammography for males
    8. Hospitalisations for breast cancer (162KB PDF)
      • Hospitalisations of females for breast cancer
        • Hospitalisations in 2007-08
        • Trends
        • Procedures undertaken during hospitalisations
      • Hospitalisations of males for breast cancer
    9. Expenditure on breast cancer (150KB PDF)
      • Expenditure on breast cancer for females
        • Expenditure in 2004-05
        • Trends
      • Expenditure on breast cancer for males
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      1. Classifications (87KB PDF)
        • International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems
        • Australian Classification of Health Interventions
        • International Classification of Diseases for Oncology
      2. Statistical methods and technical notes (127KB PDF)
        • Age-specific rates
        • Age-standardised rates
        • Confidence intervals
        • Incidence projections
        • Mortality-to-incidence ratio
        • Relative survival analysis
        • Risk to age 75 and 85 years
      3. Data sources (151KB PDF)
        • Australian Cancer Database
        • BreastScreen Australia Program data
        • Disease Expenditure Database
        • Ductal carcinoma in situ data
        • Medicare Australia data
        • National Death Index
        • National Hospital Morbidity Database
        • National Mortality Database
        • Population data
      4. Additional tables (227KB PDF)
        • Additional tables for Chapter 2: Incidence of breast cancer
        • Additional tables for Chapter 3: Mortality from breast cancer
        • Additional tables for Chapter 4: Survival after a diagnosis of breast cancer
        • Additional tables for Chapter 6: Burden of disease due to breast cancer
        • Additional tables for Chapter 7: Mammography
        • Additional tables for Chapter 8: Hospitalisations for breast cancer
        • Additional tables for Chapter 9: Expenditure on breast cancer
      5. Definition of breast cancer-related hospitalisations (203KB PDF)
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2009. Breast cancer in Australia: an overview, 2009. Cat. no. CAN 46. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 31 July 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468297>.