Report findings on breast cancer among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women of Australia

Release Date: 

04/06/2012

News Type: 

  • Announcement

Cancer Australia is pleased to announce the release of a new report providing for the first time, a national overview of breast cancer screening and survival among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women of Australia.

The study was undertaken in response to the evidence of poorer breast cancer outcomes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women compared with other Australians, and the absence of high quality, national breast cancer data available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

The report represents the collaboration and contribution of state and territory BreastScreen programs and cancer registries in making the data available to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for analysis. This report will provide benchmarks for future monitoring and help to inform health policy, health promotion and health service planning.

This work has also been recently published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention.