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Chronic diseases and cancer

Chronic diseases greatly impact on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – with 50 per cent having a chronic condition or disability. Conditions such as heart disease (22%), diabetes (12%) and liver disease (11%) account for 80% of the mortality gap (in terms of potential years of life lost) between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death (19%) for Australia’s First Peoples. Despite this, it rarely features as a specific concern in health policies and strategy documents because they experience cancer at a lower rate than other Australians. However, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer have a significantly higher mortality rate in the first two years after diagnosis.

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Diabetes | Heart Health | Skin Health | Renal | Mortality

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Created: 28 May 2012 - Updated: 01 October 2018