Key facts on cancer


History of cancer   Cancer exists most likely since the origin of life.  In fact, the earliest known descriptions of cancer date back to Ancient times.
Statistics and risk factors   This section provides detailed information on the incidence of the most common cancers and the mortality associated to them according to age, sex and year, as well as information on risk factors for different types of cancer.
Survival rates   Research has contributed to the increase of knowledge of cancer and thereby has significantly improved cancer survival rates in recent years.