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The cancer in Girona

After cardiovascular diseases, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world, although in some age groups it is even the first.

The descriptive epidemiological situation of cancer in the province of Girona (Northeast of Catalonia, Spain) for the period 2010-2012 shows that 62% of tumors were diagnosed at the age of 65, and also that cancer is more frequent in men than in women. Estimates of the incidence of cancer mortality from 2002 to 2012 show an increasing trend (Figura 4).

Figura 4. Evolution of the number of cancer cases in men (blue) and women (red) in the province of Girona for the period 2002-2012.  Source: CanGir Cancer in Girona 2010-12.

According to the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) data, 4,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in the province of Girona. The most common are colon cancer (15%), prostate cancer (12%), breast cancer (11%), lung cancer (10%) and bladder cancer (8%), respectively.

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