Estimating the lifetime risks of cancer: the best measure depends on your purpose

Elizabeth Buckley and David M Roder
Med J Aust 2020; 212 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50444
Published online: 13 January 2020

Estimates adjusted for competing risks of mortality can be more meaningful, but make some comparisons more difficult

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare began collecting cancer incidence statistics at the population level during the mid‐1980s, based on state and territory registry data that are now collated by the Australian Cancer Database, supplemented by mortality data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.1 These data inform Australian policy makers, researchers, and the general public about cancer profiles and trends.1

  • Elizabeth Buckley
  • David M Roder

  • Cancer Research Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA



This editorial was prepared with the financial support of the Cancer Council SA Beat Cancer Project on behalf of its donors and SA Health.

Competing interests:

David Roder receives funding from the Cancer Council SA Beat Cancer Project for his position as Cancer Research Chair at the University of South Australia.


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