Cancer Control in NSW Statewide report: 2019

The latest information about cancer control in NSW for 2019.
Cancer Control in NSW Statewide report: 2019

This statewide report presents the latest information about cancer control in NSW. This information is collected and reported each year as a part of the Cancer Institute NSW Reporting for Better Cancer Outcomes (RBCO) Program.

Through the RBCO program, the Institute collects and analyses data from across the state every year. 

This work allows us to see what progress is being made in cancer control. We also share this information with key health organisations so they can identify opportunities for improvement at a local level.

What is cancer control?

What is cancer control?

Cancer control is about reducing the effect of cancer on individuals, and on the community. It involves:

  • reducing the number of people who get cancer
  • increasing the survival of people with cancer
  • improving the quality of life of people with cancer.

How do we do this?

The Cancer Institute NSW works with health professionals, researchers, the community, and other government and non‑government organisations in:


What will you find in this report?

What will you find in this report?

There continue to be improvements across many areas of cancer control in NSW.

The overall key findings from each area are outlined within the relevant section.

  • Each of these areas has been presented with an introduction, key findings, and a series of charts. 

  • The charts show information about particular measures that are being used to see changes over time. These measures will help to identify any differences in results between geographic areas and/or population groups. 

  • In many of the charts, results are presented across the 15 local health districts (LHDs), two specialty health networks (SHNs) and some private hospitals in NSW.

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Improvement (increase or decrease)

This icon is displayed when the data indicate an improvement over time, for example:

  • the incidence of cancer reducing,
  • the survival of people with cancer increasing, or
  • the preference for a tan in young people decreasing, or
  • the quality of life of people with cancer improving


Indeterminate

This icon is displayed when there is insufficient evidence of a systematic change over time.


Concern (increase or decrease)

This icon is displayed when the data indicate a deterioration over time.


Why are different time periods and dates reported?

Cancer information is collected from many different sources, so it takes time to review and analyse the data. Different pieces of information may be collected over different time periods, or reported at different times. This means not all the measures reported here have the same dates.

The information presented is the most recent available for each measure at the time this report was written.

Why are confidence intervals reported here?

Confidence intervals are included when a small sample is used to represent the overall population, because there is a chance of an error due to this scaling.

In this report, a 95% confidence interval is presented only on charts where a sample of the population is used. This interval can be thought of as a margin of error.

The larger the sample size, the smaller the confidence interval range. The smaller the sample size, the larger the confidence interval range.

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