In Italy, every day, about 1,000 fall ill with cancer.
That figure has risen slightly since 2015, with an estimated 365,800 cases in 2016. In part because the population is aging, the number of Italians with a diagnosis of cancer (recent or distant) keeps growing: from 2.6 million in 2010 to more than 3.1 million six years later. Of these three-million-plus individuals, one out of four can be considered “cured” because he or she again has the same life expectancy as the general population, i.e. as someone never diagnosed with cancer.
For many years now, deaths from cancer have been falling steadily in both men and women.
Mortality has decreased significantly in both sexes thanks to a number of factors, including primary prevention (in particular the decline smoking), the increased use of screenings, and the widespread improvement of treatments in an increasingly multidisciplinary, integrated setting.
NEW CANCER DIAGNOSES IN ITALY, 2016
Children from birth to age 19 are dying less and less from cancer: today, the number of deaths is about a third of what it was in the early 1970s.
The five-year survival rate has improved considerably compared with cases diagnosed in earlier five-year periods, for both men (57%) and women (63%). This reflects better survival rates for some of the most common cancer types: colorectal (60.8% for the colon and 58.3% for the rectum), breasts (85.5%) and prostate (88.6%).
LIVING PEOPLE, IN 2016, WHO HAVE EVER BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER
The data collected by the Italian Cancer Registry highlight the social impact of this disease and the importance of research to help patients—those who are fighting the disease now and those who will be diagnosed in the future.