• In 2009, there were 2,019 new cases of stomach cancer in Australia (1,317 new cases in men and 702 new cases in women), accounting for 1.8 per cent of all new cancers.1
  • Stomach cancer is more common in men:
    • In 2009, the age-standardised incidence rate of stomach cancer was 12.1 cases per 100,000 men, compared with 5.5 cases per 100,000 women.1
  • In 2009, the average age of stomach cancer diagnosis was 69.6 years.1
  • The risk of developing stomach cancer increases with age.1
  • In 2009, the risk of developing stomach cancer before the age of 85 was 1 in 86.1
  • Between 1982 and 2009, the age-standardised incidence rate for stomach cancer has decreased from 15.7 to 8.5 cases per 100,000 people.1,2


  • In 2010, there were 1,094 deaths from stomach cancer (719 men and 375 women), accounting for 2.6 per cent of all cancer deaths in Australia.1
  • The age-standardised mortality rate for stomach cancer is higher for men:
    • In 2010, there were 6.6 deaths per 100,000 men from stomach cancer, compared with 2.8 deaths per 100,000 women.1
  • In 2010, the risk of dying from stomach cancer before the age of 85 was 1 in 163.1
  • Between 1982 and 2010, the age-standardised mortality rate for stomach cancer decreased from 12.3 to 4.5 deaths per 100,000 people.1,2


  • Relative survival rates for stomach cancer have increased in recent years in Australia:
    • Between the periods 1982–1987 and 2006–2010, five-year relative survival increased in Australia from 17.2 per cent to 26.7 per cent.3


  • At the end of 2007, it was estimated that there were 7,792 people in Australia who were diagnosed with stomach cancer in the previous 26 years, including 3,592 diagnosed in the previous 5 years.3

Burden of disease

  • Cancer is estimated to be the leading cause of the burden of disease in Australia.1
  • In 2012, stomach cancer was estimated to account for 13,900 disability adjusted life years (DALYs*) in Australia;  of these 12,600 were years lost due to premature death and 1,300 were years of healthy life lost due to disease, disability or injury.1

*DALYs are years of healthy life lost, either through premature death or through living with disability due to illness or injury. This is the basis unit used in burden of disease or injury estimates.1

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