ICA takes an active part to UICC World Cancer Day, February 4, 2014
Key Statistical Highlights Presented at the Press Conference by the Ministry of Health and the Israel Cancer Association:
According to statistics published by the National Cancer Registry and the National Disease Control Center of the Ministry of Health, in 2011, 28,077 individuals were diagnosed with cancer in Israel, of whom, 24,992 were diagnosed with invasive cancer and 10,287 succumbed to the disease.
In an unprecedented move, the National Cancer Registry, and the National Disease Control Center of the Ministry of Health, published region-specific relative survival rates in Israel.
From 1991-2010 there has been an upward trend in relative survival rates for cancers in all regions, among both Jewish and Arab populations. The survival rates for women exceed those for men, and are higher among the Jewish population than among Arab society.
According to Dr. Lital Keinan Boker, Deputy Director of the National Disease Control Center, "Upon observing the region-specific relative survival rates in Israel, in all the regions there is an upward trend in survival in all population segments (Jewish and Arab) and in both genders, with the exception of lung cancer. No significant differences were found in overall relative survival rates between regions, and there were no differences in relative survival rates for breast cancer."
The main cancers that account for over 50% of overall cancer incidence in Israel are similar in Jewish and Arab men (prostate, lung and colorectal cancer) and in Jewish and Arab women (breast and colorectal cancer).
The invasive cancer incidence and mortality rates in recent years indicate a downward trend in the Jewish population (since 2008) and in the Arab population (since 2010).
Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in Jewish and Arab men and breast cancer is the most common cause of death among Jewish and Arab women.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization, cancer accounted for 8.2 million deaths worldwide in 2012.
In 4 years, the rate for diagnosis rose by 11% to 14.1 million diagnosed with cancer in 2012.
Global cancer incidence is expected to rise by 75% to 25 million new cases over the next 20 years.
The 2020 forecast: persons aged 65 and over will account for 60% of newly diagnosed malignancies, and individuals aged 65 and over are three times more likely to contract the disease than 45-64-year-olds; Prof. Robinson will discuss the implications.
A first-ever Israeli research study on this subject, financed by the ICA, reinforces the fact that breastfeeding is associated with a 60% reduction in risk for developing childhood leukemia and lymphoma.
Marking World Cancer Day, the UICC has chosen to dispel 4 common global myths about cancer.
In 2013, the ICA promoted the adoption of healthy lifestyles, prevention and early detection, through media campaigns in all the media channels and by distributing information and holding 12,867 free lectures at schools, in community centers, and at workplaces, etc., on topics such as smoking prevention, smoking cessation, living a healthy lifestyle (proper nutrition, avoiding obesity, and engaging in regular physical exercise), avoiding excessive alcohol consumption and "sun smart" behavior.
In addition, 1,467,627 printed informational materials were published and distributed free of charge at preschools, schools, institutions, organizations and among the general population.
As World Cancer Day approached, the ICA produced a unique animated clip through "Srutonim" Company. The clip was designated mainly for children and teens (but adults will also enjoy it) and conveys messages that emphasize the importance of a maintaining a healthy lifestyle in a humorous and amusing way. The clip is currently posted on YouTube.
New statistics of the National Cancer Registry and the National Disease Control Center of the Ministry of Health with the approach of World Cancer Day 2014
The statistics were prepared and adapted by Ms. Irena Lifshitz, Ms. Milena Weinstein, Ms. Rita Dichtiar, Ms. Yehudit Fishler, Dr. Brava Silberman, and Dr. Lital Keinan-Boker:
The statistics were presented by Dr. Lital Keinan-Boker, Deputy Director of the National Disease Control Center of the Ministry of Health.
In 2011, 28,077 new patients were diagnosed with malignant tumors in Israel, necessitating reporting to the National Cancer Registry.
2011 Invasive Cancer Incidence:
24,992 individuals were diagnosed with invasive cancer: 11,959 men (10,306 Jewish men, 1,115 Arab men and 538 "others") and 13,033 women (11,296 Jewish women , 1,052 Arab women and 685 "others").
The main types of cancer accounting for more than 50% of the overall cancer incidence in Israel are similar in Jewish and Arab men (prostate, lung, colorectal, and other cancers) and are similar in Jewish and Arab women (breast, colorectal, and other cancers).
Trends in Invasive Cancer Incidence 1990-2011:
The invasive cancer incidence rates indicate a downward trend from the second mid-half of the previous decade in the Jewish population (the 2000s). A downward trend has been evident among the Arab population since 2010.
2011 Cancer Mortality:
In 2011, there were 10,287 cancer-related deaths in Israel; 5,200 men (4,468 Jewish men, 528 Arab men and 204 "others") and 5,087 women (4,525 Jewish women, 336 Arab women and 226 "others").
The types of cancers that account for more than 50% of overall cancer mortality in Israel are similar among Jewish and Arab men (lung, colorectal, and other cancers), and among Jewish and Arab women (breast, colorectal and other cancers).
The age-standardized cancer mortality rates per 100,000 in 2011 were higher in men than in women in both population sectors.
Based on WHO statistics that were published on the Globocan site, it emerges that among the top 20 countries with the highest cancer incidence and mortality rates, Israeli men rank 19th highest in the world and Israeli women rank 15th highest both in incidence and in mortality.
The cancer incidence and mortality rates in all sites, with the exception of non-melanoma skin cancer, by gender, in the top 20 countries with the highest rates in the world:
Relative Cancer Survival in Israel 1991-2010:
The relative survival statistics are an important indicator as to the efficacy of early detection programs and cancer care quality.
In 1991-2010 the 5-year relative cancer survival rate rose in all population sectors (Jewish and Arab) and in both genders. The relative survival rate for cancer among women exceeds that of men, and the relative survival rate for cancer among Jewish men exceeds that of Arab men.
Upon observing region-specific relative survival in Israel, in all regions there has been an upward trend in survival in all population groups (Jewish and Arab) and in both genders, with the exception of lung cancer. No significant differences were found between the regions in relative survival in general, and in relative breast cancer survival in particular.
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Is there a need for a different strategy in view of an aging population?
Prof. Eliezer Robinson, ICA Chairman and Past-President of the UICC:
The upward trend in life expectancy and the increase in the number of cancer survivors are to be commended; however, this also leads to an aging population and to a steadily growing number of senior citizens, which requires special consideration and deployment of the health system.
According to Central Bureau of Statistics data dating from 2012, the percentage of 65 year olds in OECD countries stood at 14.9; in Israel those who are 65 and over constitute about 10% of the population, however according to forecasts, by 2035, they will constitute 14.6% of the population. By that year, the population age 65 and older will double and number some 1.66 million individuals.
It is known that 50% of all malignancies emerge in populations over the age of 65.
Individuals aged 65 and over are three times more likely to develop malignancies than the 45-64 year-old population. The forecast for 2020 indicates that 60% of malignancies will emerge in the population aged 65 and over, and 70% of cancer-related deaths will occur among those aged 65 and over.
Apart from the high incidence rates at 65 years and older, there is also a variance as far as efficacy of absorbing drugs goes, and as a result of various background diseases at these ages there is also a different resistance to treatments, surgeries, etc.
The aforesaid data indicates the need for planning and deployment for treatment of a steadily growing number of elderly population and catering to their needs, as well seeing to the specialization training of geriatric oncologists and the training of a multi-professional comprehensive team of caregivers.
The ICA presents its prevention and early detection activity for World Cancer Day
Lectures that were delivered by the ICA in 2013 - an annual summary:
Total lectures delivered on all topics at schools, community centers, workplaces, etc.: 12,867
In addition, the ICA produces and distributes free informational materials throughout the year at preschools, schools and other educational institutions.
Informational materials distributed in 2013:
Total distribution for 2013