Indigenous less likely to be hospitalised for cancer

The latest findings, included in a newly released report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), also come despite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples having higher rates of certain lifestyle risk factors.

Such risk factors included high rates of smoking among Indigenous Australians (38% compared to 18% among other Australians), higher rates of risky alcohol consumption and lower cervical and breast screening rates.

Researchers found that Indigenous Australians diagnosed with cancer between 1999 and 2007 had a 40% chance of surviving for at least five years, compared with 52% for non-Indigenous Australians.

However from 2006–07 to 2010–11, Indigenous Australians were less likely to be hospitalised with just 113 hospitalisations for a primary cancer diagnosis per 10,000 recorded for indigenous Australians compared with 170 for other Australians.

Cancer Australia CEO Professor Helen Zorbas said the