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New cancer cases among males in Italy 2020, by type of cancer

In 2020, 36,074 males were estimated to be newly diagnosed with prostate cancer in Italy. Pertaining to new diagnosis among males, prostate cancer was the one with the highest incidence, followed by lung and colorectal tumors, with 27,554 and 23,420 new cases forecasted, respectively.  

Most frequently diagnosed cancers among females

Breast cancer was the most common one among females. In 2019, breast cancer accounted for 30 percent of new cancer cases diagnosed among women . Colorectal and lung cancer followed with shares of 12 percent each.  

Cancer mortality rates and clinical trials

The cancer mortality rate has generally decreased over time , even though the decline was more remarkable among men than women. The cancer mortality rate was higher in the macro-region including the south and the islands than in other Italian areas. Sicily was the region with the highest prostate cancer mortality rate, while Sardinia was found to be the region with the most significant breast cancer mortality rate.  

Estimated number of new cancer cases among males in Italy in 2020, by type of cancer

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October 2020



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Supplementary notes

*Includes both infiltrating and non-infiltrating tumors
** It includes kidney, pelvis and ureter.
*** I t includes tongue, mouth, oropharynx, nasopharynx, hypopharynx, pharynx NAS, larynx.

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