Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker resource on breast cancer

A new handbook providing evidence-based information to support health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with breast cancer has been released by Cancer Australia. Compared with nonindigenous women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 14% less likely to survive five years after a diagnosis of breast cancer. They are also substantially less likely to participate in the breast cancer screening program, Cancer Australia notes. The Breast Cancer Handbook for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers is available online via Cancer Australia's website (canceraustralia.gov.au).

Premature deaths in Australia

Of all deaths in Australia in 2012, 50,000 (34%) were considered premature (occurring in people aged under 75 years), and half of these were considered also potentially avoidable, according to a new AIHW web report, Premature Mortality in Australia 1997– 2012 (http://www.aihw.gov.au/deaths/premature-mortality). However, in 1997, premature deaths accounted for 43% of all deaths. The leading cause of premature death in 2010 to 2012 was coronary heart disease (10% of all deaths), followed by lung cancer (9%) and suicide (4.5%).