Latest statistics

Incidence and mortality rates

Australia
  • In 2005, there were 734 cases of cervical cancer

  • In 2006, 224 women died from cervical cancer

  • In 2006-07, 61.5% of eligible women aged 20-69 had a Pap test

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are almost five times
    more likely to die from cervical cancer than non-Indigenous women

Victoria

  • In 2006, there were 160 new cases of cervical cancer

  • In 2006, there were 37 deaths from cervical cancer

General statistics on Pap tests

  • Regular two-yearly Pap tests can reduce the incidence of cervical cancer
    by up to
    90% in Australia, and save 1,200 Australian women dying from
    the disease each year.

  • In Australia, the number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer has
    dropped on
    average by 3.3% each year since organised screening began
    in 1991 (1991-2005).

  • Almost 90% of Victorian women who develop cervical cancer either never
    had a Pap test or did not have them regularly in the 10 years prior to diagnosis. 

  • Worldwide, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women and is the third highest cause of cancer deaths. At least 80% of cancer deaths occur in developing countries, due to the lack of screening programs.

Screening rates

Screening participation of Victorian women by age on a two-year basis, 2000-2008

Source: Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry, Statistical Report 2008

 Age 2000-01 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004
 20-69   66.6% 64.4% 63.9% 64.4%
2004-05 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008
65.0% 63.4% 63.1% 62.3%

Screening participation of Australian women by age on a two-year basis, 2000-2007

Source: AIHW statistical reports

 Age 2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004
20-69 61.0% 61.0% 60.7% 60.7%
2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008
61.0% 60.6% 61.5%  

Regional Victoria: Screening rates by Victorian DHS regions (2007-08)

Source: Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry, Statistical Report 2008

 Barwon South Western  62.1%
 Eastern Metropolitan  65.2%
 Gippsland  61.0%
 Grampians  56.3%
 Northern Western Metropolitan  60.0%
 Hume  63.0%
 Loddon  60.8%
 Southern Metropolitan  63.9%


For information on the current screening rates in Victoria, visit the Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry website at
www.vccr.org

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