3-14

3-14. Cancer

3-14-1. Cancer in South Australia – by Local Health Network

3-14-2. Cancer in South Australia – by age and sex

3-14-3. Cancer in South Australia – by socio-economic status

3-14-4. Cancer in Australia – by state and territory

3-14-5. Cancer – Aboriginal people

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3-14-1. Cancer in South Australia – by Local Health Network

  • In 2017, around one in ten (9.7%) South Australians aged 18 years or more had ever been told by a doctor that they had cancer1.
  • The rate varies between local health networks (LHNs) from 6.1%* in the South East LHN to 10.7% in the Southern Adelaide LHN1.
  • The proportion of people who reported having or ever had cancer in metropolitan Adelaide (10.4%) is statistically significantly higher than Country SA (8.2%)1.
  • No statistically significant underlying trend was identified in either the metropolitan Adelaide or Country SA time series1.
  • Data prior to 2010 is not available.

 

Has or ever had cancer (aged 18+ years), 2017
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide 10.4%
Central Adelaide 10.2%
Southern Adelaide 10.7%
Metropolitan Adelaide 10.4%
Barossa Hills Fleurieu 9.0%
Eyre and Far North 8.6%*
Flinders and Upper North 8.0%*
Riverland Mallee Coorong 7.5%
South East 6.1%*
Yorke & Northern 8.4%
Country SA 8.2%
South Australia 9.7%
Australia n.a.

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* Relative Standard Error is between 25% and 50%. Please treat the estimate with caution.

Data prior to 2010 is not available.

Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-14-2. Cancer in South Australia – by age and sex

  • In 2017, the proportion of the population aged 18 years and over that had ever been told by a doctor that they had cancer was roughly equivalent between males (9.9%) and females (9.8%)1.
  • The rate increases with age1.

 


Has or ever had cancer (aged 18+), 2017
Age (years) Males Females
18-24 0.0% 1.6%
25-34 0.0% 0.0%
35-44 2.0% 5.4%
45-54 9.2% 6.8%
55-64 13.2% 13.6%
65-74 28.7% 19.0%
75+ 31.6% 24.6%
All ages 9.9% 9.8%

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-14-3. Cancer in South Australia – by socio-economic status

  • There is no statistically significant correlation evident between the proportion of people aged 18 years and over who have ever been told by a doctor that they have cancer and the socio-economic status of the geographic area in which they live1.

 

Has or ever had cancer (aged 18+ years), 2017
Socio-economic status (SES) %
Lowest SES 9.0%
Low SES 12.6%
Middle SES 12.1%
High SES 8.8%
Highest SES 7.1%

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-14-4. Cancer in Australia – by state and territory

  • Data presented here is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2017-18 National Health Survey and refers to persons of all ages living with cancer (malignant neoplasms). It is not comparable to the information in 3-13-1 to 3-13-3 above.
  • The South Australian rate of 1.7% (age standardised) is roughly equivalent to the Australian average of 1.6% (age standardised) and ranks around the middle of the states and territories2.

 

Living with cancer (malignant neoplasms) (all ages), 2017–18 (age-standardised)
State/Territory %
Western Australia 1.4%
New South Wales 1.5%
Queensland 1.5%
South Australia 1.7%
Victoria 1.9%
Australian Capital Territory 2.0%
Northern Territory 2.1%
Tasmania 2.3%
Australia 1.6%

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Data source: ABS 2018

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3-14-5. Cancer – Aboriginal people

  • Less than one in a hundred (0.9%) Aboriginal people in South Australia (all ages) are estimated to be living with cancer (malignant neoplasms)3.
  • This rate is below the estimate of 1.7% (age standardised) for all South Australians in 2017-18 (see 3-14-4 above)2.
  • South Australia's rate for Aboriginal people was slightly below the national average for Aboriginal people of 1.1%3.

 

Living with cancer (malignant neoplasms) - Aboriginal people (all ages), 2018–19 (crude rates)
State/Territory %
Australian Capital Territory 0.0%
Northern Territory 0.7%
Victoria 0.7%
South Australia 0.9%
New South Wales 1.1%
Queensland 1.1%
Tasmania 1.3%*
Western Australia 1.3%
Australia 1.1%

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* Estimate has a high margin of error and should be used with caution

Data source: ABS 2019

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Sources

  1. Based on South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System customised extract 2018, Prevention and Population Health, SA Health, Adelaide, 16 August 2018.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2019), 'Table 3.3 Selected health characteristics, by State/Territory, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons, 2018–19, Proportion of persons,' National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2018-19, cat. no. 4715.0, 11 December 2019.