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Don’t worry – you can still find the latest information about your local area on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW)External link, opens in a new window.[https://aihw.gov.au] website, along with many more reports and data on a range of health and welfare topics.

Visit the Healthy community indicatorsExternal link, opens in a new window.[https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-data/indicators/healthy-community-indicators] page to use the new interactive tool to explore health topics including health risk factors, cancer, expenditure, and different population groups in your Primary Health Network (PHN) area.

In some cases, the way you find information has changed. If you need help finding anything, please contactExternal link, opens in a new window.[https://www.aihw.gov.au/contact-us] the AIHW.

Once the MyHealthyCommunities website closes, you will be able to access an archived version through TroveExternal link, opens in a new window.[https://trove.nla.gov.au/], the National Library of Australia’sExternal link, opens in a new window.[https://www.nla.gov.au/] web archive. Please note the interactive content will not work in the archived version.

Web update: Incidence of selected cancers in 2009–2013 - Technical Note - Indicator specifications

Web update: Incidence of selected cancers in 2009–2013

Indicator specifications

This measure reflects the incidence of selected cancers over the five-year period 2009–2013.

Indicator disaggregation Rates are reported for the following diseases:
  • Incidence of all cancers combined (persons)
  • Incidence of breast cancer (females)
  • Incidence of cervical cancer (females)
  • Incidence of colorectal cancer (persons)
  • Incidence of lung cancer (persons)
  • Incidence of melanoma of the skin (persons)
  • Incidence of prostate cancer (males)
Data source
Data sources

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Cancer Database (ACD)

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Estimated Resident Population (ERP) at 30 June 2009–2013

Indicator description and calculation
Type of measurement Age-standardised rate per 100,000 population, reported as an integer.
Method of adjustment Direct age-standardisation1. The standard population used was the ABS ERP at 30 June 2001.
Numerator The number of all new cancers diagnosed during 2009–2013, for each of the cancers specified by the ICD-103 codes below.
  • Incidence of all cancers combined (persons)

    C00–C97, D45–D46, D47.1, D47.3–D47.5 (except those C44 codes that indicate a basal cell carcinoma or a squamous cell carcinoma)

  • Incidence of breast cancer (females) C50
  • Incidence of cervical cancer (females) C53
  • Incidence of colorectal cancer (persons) C18–20
  • Incidence of lung cancer (persons) C33–44
  • Incidence of melanoma of the skin (persons) C43
  • Incidence of prostate cancer (males) C61
Denominator The sum of the ABS ERPs for females, males or all persons as at 30 June for each year between 2009–2013.
Calculation (Numerator ÷ denominator) × 100 (age-standardised)
Geographic disaggregation SA2 of residence reported at the following levels:
  • Primary Health Network (PHN) area
  • Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3).
Suppression The age-standardised rate is suppressed and reported as ‘NP’ if any of the following conditions are met:
  • If the number of cancer cases (numerator) is less than 20 for an area
  • If the population of an area (denominator) is less than 2,500.