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Cancer summary

"In order to succeed in this fierce battle, one must acquire knowledge about the enemy..."
Professor Niels Dungal, Newsletter on Health Issues, 1949
Advocating for the foundation of the Icelandic Cancer Registry

Cancer in Iceland

746
704
Average annual number of new cancer cases in the period 2010 - 2014: 746 males and 704 females.
5,829
7,274
Prevalence (all cancer) December 31st 2014: 13,103 individuals (5,829 males and 7,274 females).
Over 50% of cancers are diagnosed after the age of 65 years. Approximately one in three Icelanders can expect to be diagnosed with cancer during his or her lifetime.
Cancer causes 28% of all deaths in Iceland. Five year relative survival for all cancer has more then doubled since the year 1955.

Annual number of cases - cancers with the highest incidence 2010 - 2014

Males
205 | Prostate

76 | Lung

62 | Urinary tract

54 | Colon

52 | Carcinoma of the skin

33 | Kidney

25 | Non-Hodgkins lymphoma

23 | Rectum

19 | Brain and central nervous system

18 | Pancreas

Females
202 | Breast

92 | Lung

48 | Colon

47 | Carcinoma of the skin

28 | Uterus

24 | Melanoma of the skin

22 | Thyroid gland

21 | Non-Hodgkins lymphoma

20 | Kidney

20 | Brain and central nervous system