Cancer incidence and mortality in Indigenous Australians in Queensland, 1997-2006

Suzanne Moore, Peter O'Rourke, Kylie-Ann Mallitt, Gail Garvey, Adele Green, Michael Coory, Patricia Valery

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    Abstract

    Objective: To examine cancer incidence and mortality in Indigenous Queenslanders.

    Design, setting and patients: Assessment of indirectly standardised incidence and mortality ratios for Indigenous Australians in Queensland diagnosed with cancer from 1997 to 2006, compared with the total Queensland population.

    Main outcome measures: Standardised incidence and mortality ratios.

    Results:
    Compared with the total Queensland population, Indigenous Queenslanders had a lower overall incidence of cancer (standardised incidence ratio, 0.79; 95% CI, 0.75–0.82), but a higher incidence of some of the more fatal cancer types. Overall cancer mortality was higher (standardised mortality ratio, 1.36; 95% CI, 1.28–1.45) and similar to rates for Indigenous people in other Australian states.

    Conclusion: Cancer rates for Indigenous Queenslanders, a mostly urbanised population, are similar to rates for Indigenous Australians mostly living in remote areas.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)590-593
    Number of pages4
    JournalMedical Journal of Australia
    Volume193
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2010

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