Notes on the data: Premature mortality by selected cause - 0 to 74 years

Deaths from breast cancer, females aged 0 to 74 years, 2010 to 2014


Policy context:  In 2007 in Australia, breast cancer was the second most common cause of cancer death among Australian females, exceeded only by lung cancer [1]. In the five years from 2003 to 2007:

  • the age-standardised mortality rate varied by remoteness;
  • there was no consistent association between the mortality rate and socioeconomic status;
  • mortality did not differ between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females and non-Indigenous females [1].

In 2007, 13% of deaths from breast cancer in females occurred in those younger than 50, 40% in those aged 50-69 and 47% in those aged 70 years and over [1].

The proportion of cancer deaths of females that were due to breast cancer fell from 19% in 1982 to 16% in 2007. This decline is believed to be due mainly to increased availability and quality of screening mammography (and the related increase in diagnoses at an earlier stage), as well as improved treatment [2] [3] [4].


  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Breast cancer in Australia: an overview, 2012. (AIHW Cat. no. CAN 67.) Canberra: AIHW; 2012.
  2. Roder D et al. Population screening and intensity of screening are associated with reduced breast cancer mortality: evidence of efficacy of mammography screening in Australia. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 2008;108(3):409-16.
  3. Roder D. Impact of population screening programs on cancer outcomes. Cancer Forum 2012;36(1):5-10.
  4. International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). World cancer report, 2008. Lyon: IARC; 2008.

Notes:  International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision (ICD-10) codes: C50

For deaths data released since 2007, the ABS has applied a staged approach to the coding of cause of death which affects the number of records available for release at any date. In each release, the latest year’s data is preliminary, the second latest is revised and the data for the remaining years is final. For further information about the ABS revisions process see the following and related sites:


Numerator:  Female deaths from breast cancer at ages 0 to 74 years


Denominator:  Females aged 0 to 74 years


Detail of analysis:  Average annual indirectly age-standardised rate per 100,000 females (aged 0 to 74 years); and/or indirectly age-standardised ratio, based on the Australian standard.


Source:  Data compiled by PHIDU from deaths data based on the 2010 to 2014 Cause of Death Unit Record Files supplied by the Australian Coordinating Registry and the Victorian Department of Justice, on behalf of the Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages and the National Coronial Information System. The population is the ABS Estimated Resident Population (ERP) for Australia, 30 June 2010 to 30 June 2014.


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