Data Linkage: Cancer Data
The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health linkage to the Australian Cancer Database
On 25th July 2018 ALSWH data were linked to the Australian Cancer Database, ACD. The resulting single dataset has cancer information from all states and territories for those ALSWH women who did not opt out of this linkage. This dataset replaces the previous state-based linked cancer datasets ALSWH had from some but not all of the states. The linkage was probabilistic and carried out by the AIHW Data Linkage Unit. Cancers from 1982 to 2013 are included, except for New South Wales which only includes cancers up to 2012.
The three ALSWH birth cohorts 1921-26, 1946-51 and 1973-78 were linked to the ACD but not the 1989-89 cohort. In total 1841 of the 38,552 women opted out of this linkage.