The Age (Melbourne) (10.31.11) - Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Australia's cervical cancer death rate has dropped by more
than half in the decade since a national screening program was
introduced, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
said Monday. The group's report, "Cervical Screening in
Australia 2008-2009," says deaths from cervical cancer fell
from 5.5 per 100,000 women in 1982 to 1.9 per 100,000 in 2007.
Incidence of the cancer among eligible women ages 20-69 has
dropped by almost half since 1991. The nation logged nine new
cases per 100,000 women in 2007, compared to 17.8 per 100,000
in 1990. In 2008-09, 3.6 million women took part in the
screening effort, said AIHW spokesperson Christine Sturrock.
However, she noted that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
women are under-screened. These women are experiencing
cervical cancer at double the rate of non-indigenous women,
and they are five times more likely to die of the disease.