, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 15-20
Date: 12 Mar 2011

Time trends of cancer incidence in urban Beijing, 1998–2007

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To report the time trends of cancer incidence in urban Beijing from 1998 to 2007.


All data were obtained from Beijing Cancer Registry from 1998–2007 in urban Beijing. Time trends of incidence rate of cancer were assessed by annual percentage change (APC) of age-standardized incidence rate (ASR) of world standard population during this 10-year period.


For all 156851 cancer cases combined, the incidence rate rose in both males and females, with an APC of 2.23% and 3.74%, respectively. The incidence rate of upper gastrointestinal cancers declined significantly, with an APC of −2.83% in esophageal cancer and −1.37% in male gastric cancer, while lower gastrointestinal cancer, such as colorectal cancer, increased with an APC of 4.08%. The rates of kidney and bladder cancer increased with an APC of 7.93% and 5.57%, respectively. For women, the APC continued to rise in breast cancer (4.98%), ovary cancer (6.16%), cervix uteri cancer (11.74%), corpus uteri cancer (6.96%) and thyroid gland cancer (13.39%). The rate of prostate cancer among men increased with an APC of 8.58%; the rate of lymphoma and leukemia increased with APC of 5.48% and 5.44%, respectively.


Because of population aging and urban modernization, the cancer burden in Beijing has become more and more severe and similar to the western developed countries.