Swiss Cancer Report 2021: Rise in number of cancer patients coincides with decline in mortality

Neuch√Ętel, 14.10.2021 - The increasing number of older people has led to rising numbers of cancer patients and of deaths caused by cancer. At the same time, the overall incidence rate for cancer has decreased for men and has remained unchanged for women. The risk of dying from cancer has decreased in both men and women. These are some of the findings from the third Swiss Cancer Report 2021, which the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the National Agency for Cancer Registration (NACR) and the Childhood Cancer Registry (NCCR) have jointly compiled. The report contains the latest available data on cancer in Switzerland for the period 2013-2017.

This press release and further information on this topic can be found on the FSO website (see link below).

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Ulrich Wagner, NACR, National Agency for Cancer Registration, tel.: +41 44 634 53 73, e-mail:

Shelagh Redmond, NCCR, Childhood Cancer Registry, tel.: +41 31 684 38 99, e-mail:


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