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Cancer in the ACT, we’re winning, slowly.

By johnboy - 2 November 2011 0

The Health Directorate has released Cancer in the ACT Incidence and Mortality 2011

The raw numbers are largely without meaning, but here are the trends:

    — The incidence rate for all cancers combined increased steadily and significantly over time. An average increase in incidence rate of 0.9% for males and 0.6% for females per year was estimated for the period of 1985 to 2008.

    — Cancers that showed a significant increasing incidence trend over time included female breast, prostate, melanoma of skin (males), Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (males) and lung (females).

    — The mortality rate for all cancers combined decreased steadily and significantly over time. An average decrease in mortality rate of 1.4% for males and 1.2% for females per year was estimated for the period of 1985 to 2008.

    — Cancers that showed a significant decreasing trend in mortality over time included colorectal cancer in both sexes, lung cancer in males and cervical cancer in females

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