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Cancer Research and Treatment > Volume 34(6); 2002 > Article
Cancer Research and Treatment 2002;34(6): 405-408. doi: https://doi.org/10.4143/crt.2002.34.6.405
Cancer Incidence in Korea
Hai Rim Shin, Yoon Ok Ahn, Jong Myon Bae, Myung Hee Shin, Duk Hee Lee, Choong Won Lee, Hee Choul Ohrr, Don Hee Ahn, Jacques Ferlay, Dornald Maxwell Parkin, Dae Kyu Oh, Jae Gahb Park
1Headquarter of Korea Central Cancer Registry, Korea.
2National Cancer Center, Korea. park@ncc.re.kr
3Busan Cancer Registry, Korea.
4Seoul Cancer Registry, Korea.
5Daegu Cancer Registry, Korea.
6Kangwha County Cancer Registry, Korea.
7National Medical Center, Korea.
8International Agency for Research on Cancer, France, Korea.
9Bureau of Health Promotion, Ministry of Health and Welfare,Korea.
  Published online: December 31, 2002.
We estimated the incidence of cancer in Korea.
The indicence of cancer was estimated using national mortality data, and the incidence data from four frontier regional cancer registries, including Kangwha, Seoul, Busan and Deagu. These four registries served a population about seventeen million, which is almost 38% of entire population in Korea.
The overall age-standardized incidence rates (ASR) were 287.0 and 163.1 per 100,000 for males and females, respectively. Among males, stomach cancer was the most frequent (ASR 69.6), followed by lung cancers, including bronchus cancer (ASR 54.5), liver cancer (ASR 47.0) and colo-rectal cancer (ASR 25.2). The most frequent sites of cancer in females, by rank order, were stomach (ASR 26.8), breast (ASR 20.1), uterine cervix (ASR 18.0), colo-rectum (ASR 15.9), lung (ASR 13.0) and liver (ASR 12.0).
It is hoped that these results will provide valuable leads for cancer research and cancer control in Korea.
Key words: Cancer;Incidence;Registry
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