Incidence Trends of Colorectal Cancer in the West of Iran During 2000-2005

  • Abdifard, Edris (Students Research Committee, Kermanshah University Of Medical Sciences) ;
  • Ghaderi, Shahab (Students Research Committee, Kermanshah University Of Medical Sciences) ;
  • Hosseini, Saman (Students Research Committee, Kermanshah University Of Medical Sciences) ;
  • Heidari, Mohammad (Department Of Epidemiology, Kermanshah University Of Medical Sciences)
  • Published : 2013.03.30


Background: Colorectal cancer is a main leading cause of cancer death in western countries. Although many studies have been conducted on incidence trends all over the world in recent years, information regarding changes in incidence of colorectal cancer in Iran is insufficient. The present study of colorectal cancer in the west of Iran during recent years was therefore performed. Materials and Methods: The registered data for colorectal cancer cases in National Cancer Registry System were extracted from the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Center for Disease Control and Management. The codes from 18-21 among cancers were selected for colon and rectum cancers. Incidence rates were standardized directly using WHO population. The significance of incidence rate trends during 2000-2005 was tested through Poisson regression. Results: 762 cases of colorectal cancer were observed during 6 years in this region, with a gender ratio of men to women of 1.2. It increased from 65 cases in 2000 to 213 cases in 2005 or from 1.5 per100,000 per persons per year to 4.8. Significant increasing trends were evident in Kermanshah and Hamadan provinces; however, change did not reach significance in Ilam and Kurdistan provinces. Conclusions: Colorectal cancer has an increasing trend in the west of Iran. Although it seems that the increasing rate of colorectal cancer is due to increasing of cancer risk factors, some proportion may be related to the improvement of surveillance systems in Iran.


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