In the autonomous community, lung cancer is the leading cause of premature death (before 75 years of age) in men and women.
Navara registers about 3,400 new cases of cancer every year in the population, 59% of them in men, with an average age of 68 years and 41% in women, with an average of 66 years.
At the press conference, the regional government health adviser, Fernando Dominguez, presented this data on the occasion of the World Cancer Day, which is celebrated on 4 February.
Thus, he quoted it in the Autonomous Community lung cancer It is the first cause of premature death (75 years ago) in men and women and in 2017, 1,586 people have died of cancer in Navarre, of which 61% are men.
He also noted that the incidence of cancer in Navarra is 341 cases (in men) and 208 (in women) per 100,000 inhabitants, numbers similar to those of Spanish state.
He also reported that in recent decades, the number of cases of cancer diagnosed "is constantly increasing".
"The average number of annual cases registered in the period 2008-2013 is 29% higher than the registered between 1988 and 2002," he said, adding that the increase was higher in women, which is estimated at 31%.
Early detection proved to be a "useful tool"
Behind this increase, they are exposed, are the demographic changes that have arisen with aging of the population and risk factors such as exposure to multiple carcinogens, tobacco use, alcohol, lack of exercise and obesity.
He pointed out that in men, prostate cancer (20%) is the one with the highest incidence, followed by colorectal cancer (18%). In the case of women, the most diagnosed is breast (28%), before the colon and rectum (13%).
However, as noted, the reduction of premature mortality from breast cancer in women it has been reduced by half, from 54% since the late 1990s.
For his part, the head of the Department of Epidemiology and Health Protection at the Institute of Public Health and Labor of Navarra (ISLPN) Nieves Ascunce, explained that early detection proved to be a "useful tool" when it comes to controlling some types of cancer.
He pointed out that between 2018 and 2019 it is envisaged that in Early detection of breast cancer and colorectal cancer there are 116,000 women and 439 young people with a history of risk, in the first case 188,429 people in the second case.