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AUSTRALIA: Fewer Deaths Due to Cervical Cancer




 

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.



 


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