Australian Associated Press (04.30.12) - Monday, April 30,
While the past 20 years have seen Australia's rate of cervical
cancer drop by one-half, indigenous women remain
disproportionately affected. Australia saw 637 new cervical
cancer cases in 2008, and the cancer killed 131 women in 2007.
This rate - equivalent to nine new cases and two deaths per
100,000 women, according to the report from the Australian
Institute of Health and Welfare - is half that seen before the
1991 launch of the National Cervical Screening Program.
However, compared to non-indigenous females, Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander women were more than twice as likely to
get cervical cancer and five times more likely to die of it.