Breast cancer in Australia: an overview provides a comprehensive picture of breast cancer in Australia including how breast cancer rates differ by geographical area, socioeconomic status, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status and country of birth.
Survival rates for breast cancer nationally are improving, however, 37 Australian women are diagnosed with breast cancer each day. The number of new breast cancer cases more than doubled from around 5,300 to 13,600 cases between 1982 and 2008. The sharp increase in the incidence rate in the early 1990's was most likely due to the introduction of the national breast cancer screening program in 1991.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women and the majority of cases (69%) are diagnosed in women aged 40-69. Some population groups in Australia have lower survival than others, such as women living in remote and very remote areas of Australia, those living in lower socio-economic areas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.