Cancer on the rise, but deaths are down


The number of cancer patients in the Czech Republic is on the increase, according to latest statistics. More people however are being saved from death thanks to timely modern care. The statistics show a 2% rise of cancer rates in men and 1.5% in women. In 2008 there were 77,541 new cases and 27,571 deaths. The most common type of malignant tumour in the country is skin cancer, which accounted for a fourth of all cancer in 2008, followed by intestinal, lung, and breast and colon cancer. Most of the patients were over sixty, though 171 children were also diagnosed and 40 died that year.