Three percent more cancers
Cancer figures have been published by the Cancer Registration Foundation.
5 December 2008
In recent years there has been an annual 3% increase in the number of cancers in Belgium. The figures come from the Cancer Registration Foundation.
The most recent figures relate to 2005.
It is the first time that the total number of cancers has been measured in Belgium.
In 2005 31,484 men and 25,701 women were told they had cancer.
Between 1999 and 2005 there was an annual increase in the number of cancers of 3%. This is due to the aging of the population and the greater number of cars as well as increased pollution.
Breast cancer is the most prevalent among women (36%) followed by colorectal cancer and lung cancer.
Among men prostate cancer (30%) is the most prevalent followed by lung cancer and colorectal cancer.
Research shows that the large majority of people diagnosed with cancer are elderly. Three-quarters of males and 62% of females are over 60 years of age when they are diagnosed.