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Definition

Five-year relative survival proportions for people diagnosed with cancer
Numerator
Number of people diagnosed with cancer who survived for five years after diagnosis.
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Denominator
Number of similar people in the general population who survived for the same period.
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Computation

People in the denominators are matched for sex and age (to match to ‘age at diagnosis’ for people in the cancer cohort).

Analysis will be undertaken using the ‘cohort’ method of calculation. See AIHW 2008 Cancer Series no. 42. Cat. no. CAN 38.

Analysis by remoteness and SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of …

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Disaggregation

Nationally, by:

  • sex
  • remoteness
  • SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles

Disaggregation by state and territory is not available. It requires calculation against jurisdictional life tables and approval from cancer registries.

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Calculation rules

Computation Rule
Description

People in the denominators are matched for sex and age (to match to ‘age at diagnosis’ for people in the cancer cohort).

Analysis will be undertaken using the ‘cohort’ method of calculation. See AIHW 2008 Cancer Series no. 42. Cat. no. CAN 38.

Analysis by remoteness and SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person at diagnosis.

Presented as a percentage.

Numerators
Number of people diagnosed with cancer who survived for five years after diagnosis.
Denominators
Number of similar people in the general population who survived for the same period.
Disaggregation

Nationally, by:

  • sex
  • remoteness
  • SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles

Disaggregation by state and territory is not available. It requires calculation against jurisdictional life tables and approval from cancer registries.

References

AIHW 2008, Cancer survival and prevalence in Australia: Cancers diagnosed from 1982 to 2004, Cancer Series no. 42. Cat. no. CAN 38.
http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10484


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