Notes on the data: Premature mortality by selected cause - 0 to 74 years

Deaths from breast cancer, females aged 0 to 74 years, 2013 to 2017

 

Policy context:  In 2013 to 2017 in Australia, breast cancer was the second most common cause of cancer death among Australian females [1], exceeded only by lung cancer – details here. In the five years from 2013 to 2017:

  • the age-standardised mortality rate varied by remoteness;
  • there was a notable small association between the mortality rate and socioeconomic status;
  • mortality did not differ between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females and non-Indigenous females [1].

In 2013 to 2017, 10% of deaths from breast cancer in females occurred in those younger than 50, 38% in those aged 50-69 and 52% in those aged 70 years and over [1].

Age-standardised mortality rates for breast cancer of females increased from 29.5 per 100,000 female population in 1968 to 31.6 per 100,000 female population 1989; there were small variations to 1994, after which rates decreased markedly to 19.9 per 100,000 in 2016 [2].

The data show that for 2013 to 2017, over half (61 percent) of all female deaths from breast cancer were premature - details here.

References

  1. PHIDU, Cause of Death Unit Record Files supplied by the Australian Coordinating Registry and the Victorian Department of Justice, on behalf of the Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages and the National Coronial Information System; 2013-2017.
  2. Cancer mortality, National Cancer Control Indicators. Available from: https://ncci.canceraustralia.gov.au/outcomes/cancer-mortality/cancer-mortality
  3. ; last accessed 30 January 2020.
 

Notes:  International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision (ICD-10) codes: C50

For deaths data released since 2007, the ABS has applied a staged approach to the coding of cause of death which affects the number of records available for release at any date. In each release, the latest year’s data is preliminary, the second latest is revised and the data for the remaining years is final. For further information about the ABS revisions process see the following and related sites: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/3303.0Explanatory+Notes12012.

 

Geography: Data available by Population Health Area, Local Government Area, Primary Health Network, quintile of socioeconomic disadvantage of area and Remoteness Area

 

Numerator:  Female deaths from breast cancer at ages 0 to 74 years

 

Denominator:  Females aged 0 to 74 years

 

Detail of analysis:  Average annual indirectly age-standardised rate per 100,000 females (aged 0 to 74 years); and/or indirectly age-standardised ratio, based on the Australian standard.

 

Source:  Data compiled by PHIDU from deaths data based on the 2013 to 2017 Cause of Death Unit Record Files supplied by the Australian Coordinating Registry and the Victorian Department of Justice, on behalf of the Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages and the National Coronial Information System. The population is the ABS Estimated Resident Population (ERP) for Australia, 30 June 2013 to 30 June 2017.

 

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