12.2 International variations in incidence

The incidence of head and neck cancer in women was low, with age-standardised rates ranging from 2.1 per 100,000 (in Japan) to 6.3 per 100,000 (in Demark) (Figure 12.2). Variation in rates was greater for men, with rates highest in Spain and Portugal, and lowest in Japan and New Zealand. Rates in RoI and NI were close to the median of the countries examined for men; NI ranked fifth highest of the 21 countries for women.

Figure 12.2 Estimated incidence rate per 100,000 in 2008 for selected developed countries compared to 2005-2007 incidence rate for RoI and NI: head and neck cancer


Source: GLOBOCAN 2008 (Ferlay et al., 2008) (excluding RoI and NI data, which is derived from Cancer Registry data for 2005-2007)

NOTE: Head and neck cancer was defined in GLOBOCAN 2008 by ICD10 codes C00-C14 and C32 but in this atlas we have used codes C01-C14 and C30-C32 (see Table 2.1). The incidence rates shown for NI and RoI in Figure 12.2 use the GLOBOCAN definition, and are consequently slightly inconsistent with data in the rest of this chapter.

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