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This report presents the findings from two studies on breast cancer screening and survival rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women living in Australia.
For the first study, data for the years 1996-2005, collected from the state and territory BreastScreen agencies was used to compare screening, assessment and outcomes for 50-69 year old women by Indigenous status. Adjustments were made for differences in age, socio-economic status, remoteness and screening period to ascertain whether the less favorable outcomes for Indigenous women were due to these factors.
In the second study, invasive breast cancer survivals were compared by Indigenous status with other women who participated in the BreastScreen program.
The results identify areas where future work is required to improve the outcomes for Indigenous women. The data presented in the report provides a baseline for future monitoring and an evidence-base to inform health policy, health promotion and health services for Australian Indigenous women.
Adapted from Cancer Australia