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Colon Cancer in Finland
In this chart, the numbers of new cases during 5-year periods are seen. One can get the approximate number of new cases in one year by dividing these numbers by 5.
Adjusted for age to the world standard population.
The fact, that the actual numbers are smaller in the higher age groups is due to the smaller population in these age groups.
As many cancers, this cancer is more frequent in the older age groups, and is very rare in the age groups below 40 years of age.
The chart shows the change of incidence in a typical middle age population group during the last 40 years.
The five year survival rate for females and males with colon cancer diagnosed in 1985 - 1989 and followed up to the end of 1994. 100% of survival means, that there are no excess mortality due to the cancer. As seen, the prognose of localized disease at time of the diagnose, is markedly more favourable than when the cancer is not localized. In the youngest age group, there are only about 10 cases, so the 100% survival rate is not significant. As seen, the overall prognosis is quite more favourable than in gastric cancer.
These charts are based on data from the Finnish Cancer Registry.
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