In 2008, 26 121 new cases of cancer were recorded in Norway, for which 14 000 occurred among men and 12 121 among women. Cancers of the prostate, female breast, colon and lung are the most common cancers and comprise almost half of the total cancer burden.
This edition of Cancer in Norway provides statistics in tabular and graphical form on the 100+ cancer types diagnosed and registered in the population of Norway during the year 2008.
In men, prostate cancer continues to the most frequent cancer in men (4168), followed by colorectal (1781) and lung cancer (1422). Breast cancer remains the most frequent neoplasm in women, with 2753 new cases in 2008, followed by colorectal and lung cancer, with 1763 and 1107 incident cases, respectively.
The vast majority of cancers in Norway – over 90% in men and 85% in women are diagnosed in persons aged over 50 (Figure 4). About half are diagnosed at ages 70 or greater.
It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Special Issue this year is dedicated to the Janus Biobank. With its full integration with the Cancer Registry of Norway, Janus can be considered a unique paradigm for population-based epidemiological cancer research.
It is hoped that this highly readable account of the history, concepts and scientific activities of Janus biobank in cancer research, will ensure further national and international scientific interest in Janus and its unique opportunities for the epidemiological study of cancer based on biological specimens.