Epidemiology

autor/s: Dra. Dolores Maluenda Colomer

How frequent is colon cancer?

    1.- Cancer of the colon is the second most frequent neoplasia, after breast cancer in women and lung cancer in men.

    2.- It is the most malignant digestive neoplasia in the western World, with a higher incidence than that of all the other tumours combined.

What is its the exact incidence in other countries?

    1.- In the United States and New Zeeland there are 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

    2.- In Senegal, Colombia and India, less than 10 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

What is its exact incidence in Spain?

31 cases per 100,000 male inhabitants and 21 cases per 100,000 female inhabitants.

Is there any difference between the genders?

It is believed that this type of cancer affects men and women alike, although recent studies have shown that cancer of the colon is more frequent in woman and cancer of the rectum is more frequent in men.