THE DATABASE

Welcome to the cancer mortality database. This database, created and maintained by the Section of Cancer Surveillance at IARC, contains selected cancer mortality statistics by country, extracted from the World Health Organisation (WHO) database. The original data have been converted and/or recoded to a common system before presentation. However, due to changes in the ICD overtime, a limited number of cancer sites is available. Please note that:
  1. Some mortality data is incomplete and is subject to caution. See the Coverage menu option. Vital registration data may be 100% complete for the population covered, but not include full coverage of deaths in the country. Caution should therefore be taken when doing inter-country comparisons.
  2. Death registration coverage and cross-national differences in coding practices, particularly in the use of codes for ill-defined and unknown causes, must also be taken into account to validly compare mortality rates for specific causes across countries.
  3. Changes in certification and coding of cause of death (introduction of a new ICD revision) could affect the comparability of the data overtime.
  4. Australia: mortality data is not available in 2005. The data presented within this application was computed as the simple mean of the data for 2004 and 2006 by cancer site, sex and age-group.
  5. Italy: mortality data is not available in 2004 and 2005. The data presented within this application was computed as the simple mean of the 2003 data and the average of 2003+2006 data for the year 2004; 2006 data and average of of 2003+2006 data for the year 2005, by cancer site, sex and age-group.
  6. Poland: mortality data is not available in 1997 and 1998. The data presented within this application was computed as the simple mean of the 1996 data and the average of 1996+1999 data for the year 1997; 1999 data and average of of 1996+1999 data for the year 1998, by cancer site, sex and age-group.
  7. The demographic information (population) is provided by the United Nations (UN), World Population Prospects, the 2015 revisionexcept for: China, selected areas; Singapore; Cyprus; UK: England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Data source: WHO database.
    The UN population estimates may differ slightly from those prepared by national authorities and from those prepared by the WHO, in particular for the countries with incomplete vital registration systems.
  8. The age-standardised rates are adjusted to the World standard population (1960).
Usage:

  The data extracted from this website are in the public domain. You may use it "as is" but must cite the corresponding reference.
  The Section of Cancer Surveillance at IARC reserves the right to update or change information contained in the database at any time, and then is not responsible for information resulting from the use of hyperlinks to external providers.


Database management, design and programming: J. Ferlay, Section of Cancer Surveillance, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France. Any problems using this application should be reported to ferlayj@iarc.fr
Last update: December 2015.

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