Incidence Trend and Epidemiology of Common Cancers in the Center of Iran

  •  Hosein Rafiemanesh    
  •  Narjes Rajaei-Behbahani    
  •  Yousef Khani    
  •  Sayedehafagh Hosseini    
  •  Zahra pournamdar    
  •  Abdollah Mohammadian- Hafshejani    
  •  Shahin Soltani    
  •  Seyedeh Akram Hosseini    
  •  Salman Khazaei    
  •  Hamid Salehiniya    


INTRODUCTION: Cancer is a major public health problem in Iran and many other parts of the world. The cancer incidence is different in various countries and in country provinces. Geographical differences in the cancer incidence lead to be important to conduct an epidemiological study of the disease. This study aimed to investigate cancer epidemiology and trend in the province of Qom, located in center of Iran.

METHOD: This is an analytical cross-sectional study carried out based on re-analysis cancer registry report and the disease management center of health ministry from 2004 to 2008 in the province of Qom. To describe incidence time trends, we carried out join point regression analysis using the software Join point Regression Program, Version

RESULTS: There were 3,029 registered cases of cancer during 5 years studied. Sex ratio was 1.32 (male to female). Considering the frequency and mean standardized incidence, the most common cancer in women were breast, skin, colorectal, stomach, and esophagus, respectively while in men the most common cancers included skin, stomach, colorectal, bladder, and prostate, respectively. There was an increasing and significant trend, according to the annual percentage change (APC) equal to 8.08% (CI: 5.1-11.1) for all site cancer in women.

CONCLUSION: The incidence trend of all cancers was increasing in this area. Hence, planning for identifying risk factors and performing programs for dealing with the disease are essential.

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