Cancer: New Registrations and Deaths 2007

Published online: 
02 July 2010

Summary

This annual statistical publication collates and analyses data on primary malignant tumour cases diagnosed in New Zealand, as reported to the New Zealand Cancer Registry.

The NZ Cancer Registry has operated since 1948 and is a population-based tumour register of all primary malignant disease. (Basal and squamous cancers arising in the skin are not required to be reported, except for those of the genitalia.)

The major sources of new registrations are copies of laboratory reports, post-discharge reports from publicly funded hospitals, death certificates and autopsy reports, and discharge reports from private hospitals.

The data collected includes information on the site, stage and pathology of the cancer, as well as demographic information (e.g. ethnicity, age, sex, and domicile). The data is collected under the Cancer Registry Act 1993 and the Cancer Registry Regulations 1994.

The publication highlights the following facts:

Cancer registrations, 2007

  • In 2007 19,736 cancers were registered in New Zealand; 52.8 percent of the registrations were male.
  • Between 1997 and 2007 the number of registrations increased by 22.3 percent.
  • Registration rates have decreased by 2.2 percent from a value of 348.3 per 100,000 population in 1997 to 340.5 in 2007.

Deaths from cancer, 2007

  • Cancer was the leading cause of death for both males and females in New Zealand in 2007, accounting for 29.8 percent of all deaths.
  • In 2007 8519 people had cancer recorded as their underlying cause of death; of these deaths, 53.2 percent were male.
  • Between 1997 and 2007 the number of deaths from cancer increased by 17.0 percent.
  • Rates of death from cancer have decreased by 10.3 percent from a value of 150.6 per 100,000 population in 1997 to 135.1 in 2007.

Most common cancers, 2007

  • The most commonly registered cancer in 2007 was prostate cancer, accounting for 15.1 percent of registrations. Colorectal and breast cancer were the next most commonly registered sites.
  • For males, prostate cancer accounted for 28.6 percent of all registrations, with the next most common registrations being colorectal cancer and malignant melanoma of the skin.
  • For females, breast cancer was the most frequently registered cancer accounting for 27.9 percent of female registrations. Colorectal cancer and malignant melanoma of the skin were the next most commonly registered cancers for females.

Leading causes of death from cancer, 2007

  • Lung cancer accounted for the most deaths from cancer in 2007 (17.9 percent of all deaths from cancer). Colorectal and breast cancer were the next most common.
  • For men, the most common cause of death from cancer was lung cancer (19.0 percent), followed by colorectal cancer and then prostate cancer.
  • For women, lung cancer caused the highest number of deaths (16.7 percent), followed by breast cancer and then colorectal cancer.

Ethnicity

Cancer registrations, 2007

  • 1692 Māori were registered with cancer in this year, compared to 18,044 non-Māori.
  • Māori had an age-standardised cancer registration rate of 406.1, compared to 334.8 for non-Māori.
  • Māori registration rates in 2007 were very similar to those seen in 1997, with an increase of 0.6 percent. Non-Māori registration rates have shown a decrease of 2.7 percent over this time.

Deaths from cancer, 2007

  • 801 Māori died from cancer, compared to 7,718 non-Māori
  • Māori had a cancer mortality rate of 205.8, compared to 128.8 for non-Māori

Please note

Errata for page xi of the Cancer: New registrations and deaths 2007 publication.
The second bullet point on page xi of the document should state:
Between 1997 and 2007 the number of registrations increased by 22.3 percent.

And the last bullet point on page xi of the document should state:
For women, lung cancer caused the highest number of deaths (16.7 percent), followed by breast cancer and then colorectal cancer.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    02 July 2010
  • Hardcopy date of publication:
    02 July 2010
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-35972-5 (print) 978-0-478-35973-2 (online)
  • HP number:
    5109
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health, 2010. Cancer: New Registrations and Deaths 2007. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
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