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 2018, around one in ten (10.8%) 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 8.7% in the Northern Adelaide LHN to 15.3%* in the Flinders and Upper North LHN1.
  • The proportion of people who reported having or ever had cancer in metropolitan Adelaide (10.0%) is statistically significantly lower than Country SA (12.5%)1.
  • No time series is available for this indicator due to a change in survey methods. In 2018, SA Health discontinued the South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS) and moved to the improved South Australian Population Health Survey (SAPHS). Results between the collections are not comparable.

 

Has or ever had cancer (aged 18+ years), 2018
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide 8.7%
Central Adelaide 9.3%
Southern Adelaide 12.5%
Metropolitan Adelaide 10.0%
Barossa Hills Fleurieu 13.2%
Eyre and Far North 9.9%*
Flinders and Upper North 15.3%*
Limestone Coast 11.0%
Riverland Mallee Coorong 10.8%
Yorke & Northern 14.5%
Country SA 12.5%
South Australia 10.8%
Australia n.a.

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

Note: Data are weighted which can result in rounding discrepancies.

Data source: SA Health 2020

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

  • In 2018, there was no statistically significant difference between the proportion of males (10.1%) and females (11.3%) aged 18 years and over that had ever been told by a doctor that they had cancer1.
  • The rate increases with age1.

 


Has or ever had cancer (aged 18+), 2018
Age (years) Males Females
18-24 0.0% 0.0%
25-34 0.0% 2.5%*
35-44 3.3%* 5.8%
45-54 6.1%* 12.6%
55-64 10.5% 17.3%
65-74 23.9% 19.4%
75+ 31.1% 21.3%
All ages 10.1% 11.3%

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

Note: Data are weighted which can result in rounding discrepancies.

Data source: SA Health 2020

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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), 2018
Socio-economic status (SES) %
Lowest SES 10.8%
Low SES 11.6%
Middle SES 9.2%
High SES 10.2%
Highest SES 11.7%

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Note: Data are weighted which can result in rounding discrepancies.

Data source: SA Health 2020

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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 Population Health Survey customised extract 2020, Prevention and Population Health, SA Health, Adelaide, 3 February 2020.
  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.