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Australian data on CNS tumours

During 2009 to 2103, the five-year survival for people with brain or other central nervous system (CNS) cancers was 25%, and these tumours were the leading cause of cancer burden in children, shows a new AIHW report: Brain and Other Central Nervous System Cancers.

Each day, about six cases of brain and other CNS cancers are diagnosed and four people die from these conditions. It is estimated that in 2017, almost 1500 people will die from these conditions.

 

Less smoking in indigenous adults

Between 1994 and 2014-15, smoking prevalence decreased among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults (18 years), and smoking initiation, determined by smoking in adolescents aged 15 to 17 years, also decreased according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics report. 

The report, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: smoking trends, Australia, 1994 to 2014–15, also showed an increase in successful smoking cessation among Indigenous adults between 2002 and 2014–15. No change in the 30% difference in smoking prevalence in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults compared with non-Indigenous adults was noted.