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Type Journal Article - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Title Cancer incidence appears to be rising in a small province in Islamic Republic of Iran: a population-based cohort study
Author(s)
Volume 21
Issue 5
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
Page numbers 319-325
URL http://applications.emro.who.int/emhj/v21/05/EMHJ_2015_21_5_319_325.pdf
Abstract
In 2006 the Iranian national cancer registry reported that Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, a small
province located in the southern part of the country, had a low incidence rate of almost all types of cancer. In
a population-based cohort study, data on 660 cases of cancer in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province were
analysed after ICD codes had been rechecked and duplicates removed. Over the period 2007–2009 the annual
average incidence rate of all cancers rose significantly by 53.0% and 115.1% in men and women respectively.
Cancers of the prostate, thyroid, bladder and soft tissues decreased over the study period. Despite the recorded
rise, the incidence rates for different sites of cancer (except for skin cancer) were significantly lower compared
with their corresponding national rates for 2006. The results point to improvements in the cancer diagnosis and
registry in the province, although real changes in cancer incidence over the period cannot be ruled out.

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