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BACKGROUND The increasing numbers of cancer patients, the high costs of terminal care, and the development of palliative care services have led to a growing interest in patterns of terminal cancer care. These patterns are relevant to the formulation and evaluation of health services policy. AIMS To investigate trends in the place of death of South(More)
In 1977, a Cancer Control and Surveillance Unit was established by the South Australian government. The infrastructure of the Unit was the State's Cancer Registry which was established simultaneously. By 1990, approximately 70,000 invasive cancer cases had been notified to the Registry for a population which had increased from 1,287,550 in 1977 to(More)
Five-year relative case-survival rates for all cancers collectively are similar in South Australia (49%) and the United States (50%). This suggests that outcomes of cancer treatment do not vary appreciably between the two populations. There is an indication of higher survival rates in South Australia for melanoma, Hodgkin's disease, multiple myeloma and(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the patterns of cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) mortality in Australia. DESIGN A descriptive analysis of melanoma incidence and mortality in Australia supplemented by a case series analysis of melanoma survival. Melanoma mortality rates were based on tabulations supplied by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the years(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether case-survival rates for infiltrating ductal carcinomas diagnosed in South Australia during 1980-1986 have varied by hospital of attendance at diagnosis. A null hypothesis was tested. DESIGN All 2589 cases notified to the State Cancer Registry were included. The date of censoring for survival analyses was June 30, 1989.(More)
South Australian Cancer Registry data for 1977-1987 show an increase in the recorded incidence of invasive malignant melanomas of the skin of approximately 54% in men and 33% in women. However, the abrupt nature of this increase after a relatively stable incidence level in 1977-1981, the absence of any evidence yet of an increase in mortality after this(More)
South Australian Cancer Registry data for 1977-1986 have been used to compare the incidence of cancer for overseas-born populations and for the State as a whole. British and Irish migrants were found to have a higher incidence of all cancer sites combined, largely because of elevations in the incidence of cancers of the lung, stomach and female breast,(More)
Studies of cancer mortality in migrants, in Australia and elsewhere, gave rise to aetiological hypotheses about various environmental factors. The advent of population-based cancer registration in Australia allows comparison of cancer incidence by country of birth, thereby eliminating any biases that might occur in mortality comparisons due to differences(More)
Survival rates for cancers of the lung, colon and female breast, and for invasive lesions of the cervix have been analysed according to age, place of residence, country of birth, socioeconomic status, and where applicable, by sex and histological type and were found to be negatively related to age. For patients with cancers of the colon and cervix, survival(More)