Cancer

More than one in five persons develops a cancer before the age of 70. Cancer is the main cause of premature mortality. One in seventeen persons is hospitalised because of a cancer.

Cancer

2016

 Men

Women

 Cancer epidemiology

Number of new cases1

23 615

19 901

Incidence rate²

428,0

331,3

Cumulative risk before age 70, as a %

24,3

20,3

Number of deaths from cancer

9 371

7 830

Share of all causes of death, as a %

30,0

23,2

Mortality rate²

155,6

105,8

Number of YPLL³ by cancer

29 180

28 195

Share of all YPLL, in %

29,5

47,3

Hospitalisations with primary diagnosis of cancer

 

Number of hospitalised patients

32 223

29 168

Share of all hospitalised patients, in %

6,9

5,1

1 New cases estimated on the basis of cancer registry data, excl. non-melanoma skin cancer
2 Rate per 100,000 inhabitants, European standard
3 Years of potential life lost before age 70
Source: FSO, NICER, RCT

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Switzerland. It even represents the most common cause of death for men aged between 45 and 84 and for women aged between 25 and 84.

Cancer can occur at any age but the risk increases with age. From 2007-2011 and 2012-2016, the number of new cancer cases and that of deaths caused by cancer increased among both men and women, however, considering the ageing of the population, the standardised incidence rates have remained similar among women and have fallen among men. Standardised mortality rates have been falling for a longer period of time.

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