Conflict of interest: none
Cancer survival and prevalence in Australia: Period estimates from 1982 to 2010
Article first published online: 19 FEB 2013
© 2013 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 29–39, March 2013
How to Cite
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013), Cancer survival and prevalence in Australia: Period estimates from 1982 to 2010. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 9: 29–39. doi: 10.1111/ajco.12062
- Issue published online: 19 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 19 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 DEC 2012
- epidemiological monitoring;
- survival analysis
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is a major national agency established by the Australian government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare. The AIHW publishes updated information on survival and prevalence of cancer in Australia on a regular basis.
The latest national survival and prevalence statistics for cancer in Australia from 1982 to 2010 are presented. The period method is used in survival calculations. Limited duration prevalence by sex and 5-year relative survival by age, sex, remoteness from major centers and socioeconomic status are examined in detail for all cancers combined as well as for selected cancers. National conditional survival statistics are also presented.
Five-year survival from all cancers combined increased from 47% in the period 1982–1987 to 66% in 2006–2010. Over the same period, prostate cancer, kidney cancer and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma had the largest increases in 5-year survival, while many of the cancers that already had a low survival in 1982–1987 (such as mesothelioma and pancreatic cancer) showed only small increases. For those who have already survived 5 years past their cancer diagnosis, their survival prospects for the next 5 years were more than 90% for all cancers combined. At the end of 2007 there were 774 700 Australians, or 3.6% of the population, living with a diagnosis of cancer in the previous 26 years. The prevalence was particularly high for breast cancer, melanoma of the skin, prostate cancer and bowel cancer.