Cancer patients on the rise in the Netherlands
An aging Dutch population means higher incidences of cancer.
UTRECHT—Cancer is on the rise in the Netherlands, according to the Netherlands Cancer Centre (VIKC). The total numbers of cancer patients rose 2.5 percent in 2006, according to statistics. The higher numbers are attributed to the aging Dutch population, since older people have a higher overall incidence of cancer.
About 83-thousand people contracted cancer in 2006—the last year for which figures are available. This accounts for an increase of 2050 cases over 2005. Fifty-seven percent of the new patients were 65 years or older when they were diagnosed. Prostate and breast cancers can also be detected earlier as a result of improved diagnostic technology, which could partially account for the rise.
Breast cancer was the most diagnosed, according to the statistics, with nearly 12,500 female, and 117 male patients in 2006. Lung cancer claimed the most lives; In 2006 10,357 Dutch people suffered from lung cancer. Colon, prostate and skin cancers were also frequently diagnosed.
The Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) reported earlier this month that cancer had become the leading cause of death among Dutch people. In the first ten months of last year, 33,900 Dutch people died of cancer, while 33,100 Dutch suffered from coronary disease.