87 new cases of cancer in Flanders every day
30 March 2006, BRUSSELS — In 2001, some 31,852 Flemish people found out they had cancer, equal to 87 new cases each day, new figures revealed on Thursday.
30 March 2006
BRUSSELS — In 2001, some 31,852 Flemish people found out they had cancer, equal to 87 new cases each day, new figures revealed on Thursday.
At that time, patients with pancreatic, lung, liver and oesophageal cancer had the least chance of survival.
The figures were released by the Flemish Cancer Registration Network and represent the most recent cancer figures, dating back to 2000-01.
It was also the first time that survival rates were published, newspaper 'Het Nieuwsblad' reported.
In 2001, there were 5,000 more new diagnoses of cancer recorded than in 1997.
"But this is not a real worsening. People must take into account the improved registration methods, the aging population and the influence of prostate and breast cancer," Dr Liesbet Van Eycken from the cancer registration network said.
"We therefore cannot yet talk about possible trends."
The risk of developing cancer remained the same in 2001 in comparison with previous years. However, one in three Flemish people will develop cancer.
The majority of those people at the time of diagnosis is 60 years or older. Cancer is more common among men than women.
Some 63 percent of patients suffer prostate or breast cancer.
The chance of survival differs with each cancer. There is a 95 percent chance of recovering from testicular cancer, but that rate declines to 7 or 8 percent for pancreatic cancer.
The lowest survival rate in the generally accepted five-year recovery period is among patients with pancreatic, lung, liver and oesophageal cancer.
Patients with breast, prostate, testicular, Hodgkin's lymphoma and lip cancer have the best chance of survival.
Early diagnosis is also important. If breast cancer is found in its earliest stage, the chance of survival is 98 percent.
Worldwide, the chance of surviving cancer after five years is 51.4 percent among men and 62 percent for women. Those figures relate to the period 1997-2001.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news