Breast cancer mortality falls
Although the annual incidence of new breast cancer cases in woman aged 50 to 69 years has remained stable at about 300 per 100,000 women over a decade, breast cancer mortality fell from 68 deaths per 100,000 women in 1991 to 42 per 100,000 in 2012. These were some of the findings of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s BreastScreen Australia Monitoring Report, 2012- 2013. Overall, 55% of women aged 50 to 69 had a mammogram through BreastScreen Australia in 2012-13, but the participation rate was significantly lower, at 36%, in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Access the report via www.aihw.gov.au.
TGA safety review on codeine
In its recent safety review on the use of codeine in children and ultra-rapid metabolisers, the TGA has recommended that codeine be contraindicated in children younger than 12 years for any indication and in those aged 12 to 18 years post adenotonsillectomy for obstructive sleep apnoea. It also calls for warnings contraindicating codeine use by breastfeeding women to be made consistent across all products. Read the report Safety Review: Codeine Use in Children and Ultra-Rapid Metabolisers via the TGA’s website (www.tga.gov.au).