3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2008 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/03/2010   
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CANCER (C00-D48)

Cancer (C00-D48) was the underlying cause of 488 deaths (20%) of Indigenous people, of which 48% were male and 52% were female. Of total non-Indigenous deaths throughout Australia, 30% were attributed to Cancers. The median age of deaths with an underlying cause of Cancer was 63.1 years for Indigenous people, and 75.5 years for non-Indigenous people.

Trachea and lung cancers (C33-C34) accounted for 120 deaths or 4.9% of all deaths of Indigenous people. Comparatively, these types of Cancer were the underlying cause of death for 5.5% of all deaths of non-Indigenous people in 2008.

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