Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email

Skip to content

Key resources

  • Bibliography
  • Health promotion
    Health promotion
  • Health practice
    Health practice
  • Yarning places
    Yarning places
  • Programs
  • Organisations
  • Conferences
  • Courses
  • Funding
  • Glossary

Cancer registry reveals higher rates of lung cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Victoria

Date posted: 7 March 2018

A recent snapshot into the Victorian cancer registry has revealed that lung cancer has now taken over breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths in women. The registry revealed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women living in Victoria are three times more likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer.

Cancer Council Victoria chief executive, Todd Harper said, 'it gives us an opportunity to learn a lot about patterns of cancer that are occurring within Indigenous communities and also how we can strengthen our prevention messages. So I think this is the value of having such a timely registry focused on the cancer needs of Indigenous people'.

Dr Sarah White, Director of Quit Victoria reveals there is good news to tell in current efforts to curb tobacco-related deaths in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

'The figures nationally show that, in fact, the rates of smoking among Indigenous populations is potentially going down faster than what it is in non-Indigenous populations. We are seeing lots of kids really just turning their backs on taking up smoking and even for the elders in the community who are not able to quit, they are actively talking to the young people in the community about not smoking, which is really having an impact. So we're certainly seeing a change, but it needs to happen faster', Dr White said.

Source: SBS News


Last updated: 7 March 2018
Return to top

Australia's National Research Centre on AOD Workforce Development National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre National Drug Research Institute