Featured reports

Cancer in Australia 2017  

Cancer in Australia 2017 presents the latest available information on national population screening programs, Medicare data, cancer incidence, hospitalisations, survival, prevalence, mortality and burden of disease. Cancer is the leading cause of disease burden in Australia.

Cancer compendium: information and trends by cancer type 

This report present key data, information and trends over time for 14 key cancers and all cancers combined. For all cancers combined, the number of new cases of cancer diagnosed increased from 47,445 in 1982 to 124,465 in 2013. Individuals with cancer had an increased chance of survival (from 48% in 1984–1988 to 68% in 2009–2013) compared to their counterparts in the general Australian population.

Brain and other central nervous system cancers 

This report is the first national report to present key data specific to brain and other central nervous system (CNS) cancer. While brain and other CNS cancer is rare, it has a substantial social and economic impact on individuals, families and community. Non malignant brain and other CNS tumours also cause significant morbidity and mortality.

Radiotherapy in Australia 2015–16 

In 2015–16, 60,600 courses of radiotherapy were delivered in Australia. For non-emergency treatment, 50% of patients started treatment within 9 days, and 90% within 27 days. For those who needed emergency treatment, 91% began treatment within the emergency timeframe. Data covered effectively 100% of courses delivered in Australia.

Cancer screening in Australia: participation data 

Cancer screening programs aim to reduce illness and death resulting from cancer through an organised approach to screening. These tables present the latest participation data for Australia’s three cancer screening programs: BreastScreen Australia, National Cervical Screening Program and National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

Burden of cancer in Australia: Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011 

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.

National Cervical Screening Program Data Dictionary version 1.0 

The National Cervical Screening Program aims to reduce incidence, morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer in Australia. A new National Cervical Screening Program is scheduled to commence on 1 December 2017—this new National Cervical Screening Program data dictionary is a key document that has been developed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare with the assistance of state and territory cervical screening programs and other cervical screening experts, to support monitoring and reporting by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for the new National Cervical Screening Program.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: monitoring report 2017 

This report presents statistics on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) using key performance indicators. Of those who were invited to participate in the NBCSP between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2015, 39% undertook screening. For those screened in 2015, 8% had a positive result warranting further assessment. One in 29 participants who underwent a follow-up diagnostic assessment was diagnosed with a confirmed or suspected cancer.

Cervical screening in Australia 2014–2015 

Cervical screening in Australia 2014–2015 presents the latest national statistics monitoring the National Cervical Screening Program, which aims to reduce incidence, morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer. Just over half (56%) of women in the target age group of 20–69 took part in the program, with more than 3.8 million women screening in 2014 and 2015. Cervical cancer incidence for women of all ages remains at an historical low of 7 new cases per 100,000 women, and deaths are also low, historically and by international standards, at 2 deaths per 100,000 women.

Cancer in Australia: in brief 2017 

Cancer in Australia: in brief 2017 presents key points and trends from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s latest biennial report about cancer in Australia, Cancer in Australia 2017.

Cancer incidence in Australia by small geographic areas 

This dynamic data display report card provides a quick, at-a-glance view of cancer incidence and mortality in Australia by Primary Health Network (PHN) and Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3) for all cancers combined, and six selected cancers.