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Cancer is a major cause of illness in Australia and has a substantial social and economic impact on individuals, families and the community. Cancer data in Australia (CdiA) contains a wide range of cancer statistics. CdiA’s primary objective is making Australian cancer statistics accessible. The range of data included within CdiA continues to expand to meet the extensive cancer data needs. The following pages are dedicated to helping you find out what is in the CdiA, what is new and where to find the data you need.
Cancer data in Australia (CdiA) provides a wide range of statistics on many cancers and data is upated annually. CdiA also includes some cancer data commentaries. Some of these commentaries are targeted articles focussed on specific cancers while others explain how to use CdiA’s data.
Most of the statistics within CdiA are presented through interactive data visualisations. Data for all visualisations, except cancer rankings, are also available in Excel. The list of cancers reported on are listed here. Incidence data after 2018 and mortality data after 2020 are based on projections, all other incidence and mortality data are based on actual data.
As advised within the 2021 release of this report, the Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality (ACIM) workbooks are no longer being provided. However, the range of statistics that were previously available within ACIM books can still be found within the array of CdiA reports.
Preliminary investigations for enhancing cancer mortality data quality
In previous years, the CdiA has used the National Mortality Database (NMD) for its cancer mortality reporting. This data continues to be used but has been produced with accompanying mortality data from the Australian Cancer Database (ACD). The ACD mortality data has been provided to assist interpreting the appropriateness of NMD mortality data for selected cancers, noting that the decision of whether to use the ACD or NMD may change depending on the cancer.
More information about mortality data and the complexity and challenges of establishing the underlying cause of death, from which cancer mortality data is derived, is discussed in Cancer data commentary number 8. Cancer mortality data is available in the Cancer mortality by age groups data visualisation and also the Cancer risk data visualisation (the accompanying data is located in Excel format within the Data section of this report).
Between now and the 2023 release of CdiA, more investigations will be done towards enhancing cancer mortality reporting.
2022 cancer incidence projections
The previous release of this report projected 150,782 new cases of cancer in 2021 while the updated projections in this report project 158,530 new cancer cases in 2021. While it is expected that the additional year of new cancer data will change projections to some extent, the majority of the increase is due to a change in the prostate cancer projection method.
The following statistics form the core CdiA content and are updated annually.
Describing trends for many different cancers, the Cancer summary data visualisation contains:
The Cancer incidence rankings data visualisation contains the:
Reporting on many different cancers, the Cancer incidence by age groups data visualisation contains:
Reporting on many different cancers, the Cancer mortality by age group data visualisation contains:
Reporting on many different cancers, the Cancer survival data visualisation contains:
Reporting on many different cancers, the Cancer survival by age data visualisation contains:
Reporting on many different cancers, the Cancer by state and territory data visualisation contains:
Reporting on many different cancers, the Cancer risk data visualisation contains:
All interactive data visualisations contain information by sex.
Pivot tables that provide cancer incidence counts by 3 character ICD-10 codes are located in the Data section. Rates by age are available within the raw data but do not appear in the pivot table.
The latest national data are provided on cancer survival, and incidence, by stage of cancer at diagnosis for the 5 most commonly diagnosed cancers (melanoma of the skin, and breast, prostate, lung and colorectal cancers) in 2011. The Cancer incidence and survival by stage data visualisation remains available within this report; information remains unchanged from the previous release of this report because more recent cancer incidence and survival by stage data are not available.
Supplementary tables are available containing the data used to inform the above-mentioned statistical reports.
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