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AUSTRALIA: Cervical Cancer Rates Halved over 20 Years


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.


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