Mortalidad por cáncer oral en Chile, 2002-2012

Translated title of the contribution: Deaths due to oral cancer in Chile in the period 2002-2012

Jorge Candia, Alejandra Fernández, Carolina Somarriva, Olivia Horna-Campos

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Background: Oral cancer is the 15th most common cause of cancer death in the world. In Chile, 1% of all cancer deaths are related to oral and pharyngeal cancer. Aim: To determine mortality rates for oral cancer in Chile and its regions between 2002-2012. Material and Methods: Deaths and their causes between the years 2002-2012 were obtained from the Chilean National Statistics Institute. Crude and adjusted rates by age and sex were calculated for the country and its regions. The denominator was Chilean population on June 30, 2012 and the WHO standard population. Results: In the period studied, 1,611 individuals with a mean age of 67.6 years (63% men) died because of oral cancer. The most common location of the tumor was the tongue in 27% of cases and the parotid gland in 16%. The adjusted mortality rate in Chile was 0.85/100,000 inhabitants (1.13 and 0.58 in men and women, respectively). The regions with the highest rates were Antofagasta (1.51), Aysén (1.22) and Magallanes (1.17). Deaths among men occurred at younger ages than women. Conclusions: Mortality rates due to oral cancer in Chile are lower than abroad. The highest rates observed in some regions may be influenced by environmental factors such as arsenic contamination in Antofagasta and the lack of specialists and specialized care centers in Aysén and Magallanes.

Translated title of the contributionDeaths due to oral cancer in Chile in the period 2002-2012
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)487-493
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Medica de Chile
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

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  • General Medicine


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