Indigenous cervical cancer cases more than double non-Indigenous

Mortality has continued to decline steadily from 5.5 deaths/100,000 women in 1982 to 1.9 deaths/100,000 in 2007, according to a report, Cervical Screening in Australia 2008–2009, from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Incidence and mortality have halved since the introduction of the National Cervical Screening Program, the AIHW said.

However, among Indigenous communities incidence was more than double the non-Indigenous figures and mortality was five times as high.

The report also showed only 15% of women with a negative Pap test result rescreened earlier than recommended.

AIHW 2011; Cancer series no. 61