There is a one in 23 chance that by the age of 85 a female will be diagnosed with gynaecological cancer, with an average of 12 Australian women diagnosed with the disease each day.
A report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and Cancer Australia on September 25, found that although gynaecological cancers are still a major cause of disease, survival prospects are improving.
Gynaecological Cancers in Australia: An Overview, identified uterine cancer as the most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer in 2008, followed by ovarian cancer and cervical cancer.
AIHW spokesperson Anne Bech said: "A total of 4,534 new gynaecological cancers were diagnosed in 2008, accounting for over 9 per cent of all new cancers in females."
"While the number of new cases of all gynaecological cancers increased between 1982 and 2008, the overall incidence rate fell by 12 per cent," Ms Bech said.
The report findings showed that the five-year relative survival for uterine, ovarian and cervical cancers has improved over time, with Australian women diagnosed with these cancer having "better survival prospects than women in many other countries".
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