Newly diagnosed cases and deaths in 1996
The newly diagnosed invasive cancer case total (ICD-9 codes 140-208, without skin cancer, 173) of 15,920 affected 8,580 males and 7,340 females. There was an incidence of 332.8/100,000, i.e., 370.0 for males and 297.7 for females. The male-female ratio was 54:46.
In 1996, Croatia had 10,566 cancer deaths (6,255 male and 4,311 female). There was a total mortality rate of 220.8, male mortality rate of 269.8, and a female mortality rate of 174.8/100,000. The
male-female ratio of 59:41 reflects a continued high lethality of bronchial and pulmonary cancers, the leading male cancer site.
Leading cancer sites
The five most common cancer sites making up 55% of new male cancer cases were the bronchus and lungs (27%), stomach (8%), prostate (7%), rectum (7%) and colon (6%). In females, the five most common cancer sites, namely, the breast (24%), uterine corpus (7%), bronchus and lungs (7%), stomach (7%) and colon (6%) accounted for 51% of cancer cases. Combined, cancers of the colon and rectum represented 13% of the incidence in males and 11% in females.