Table 1.

Age-standardized colorectal cancer incidence rates by sex for select regions of Europe (Cancer Incidence in Five Continents)

Males
Females
1983-871998-2002Rate ratio* (95% CI)1983-871998-2002Rate ratio* (95% CI)
Eastern Europe
    Czech Republic40.459.11.46 (1.43-1.50)24.230.61.27 (1.23-1.30)
    Estonia23.731.61.33 (1.23-1.45)18.122.31.23 (1.14-1.33)
    Poland
        Cracow City19.231.61.64 (1.44-1.87)14.520.31.40 (1.24-1.58)
    Slovakia34.252.51.54 (1.48-1.59)20.426.71.31 (1.25-1.36)
    Slovenia26.244.51.70 (1.59-1.81)18.723.91.28 (1.20-1.37)
Northern Europe
    Denmark37.639.31.05 (1.01-1.08)30.129.80.99 (0.96-1.03)
    Finland22.425.61.14 (1.10-1.20)17.619.51.11 (1.06-1.16)
    Iceland27.631.21.13 (0.94-1.36)20.323.81.17 (0.95-1.44)
    Norway35.540.71.15 (1.11-1.19)28.232.71.16 (1.12-1.21)
    Sweden28.930.01.04 (1.01-10.7)23.423.41.00 (0.97-1.03)
Western Europe
    France
        Bas-Rhin47.848.71.02 (0.95-1.10)27.726.10.94 (0.86-1.03)
        Calvados34.633.60.97 (0.87-1.08)22.320.20.91 (0.80-1.03)
        Doubs39.738.60.97 (0.87-1.09)25.421.90.86 (0.75-0.99)
        Isere39.240.31.03 (0.95-1.11)22.224.61.11 (1.01-1.22)
        Somme35.237.51.07 (0.95-1.19)23.222.80.98 (0.87-1.12)
        Tarn42.437.20.88 (0.78-0.99)24.522.90.94 (0.81-1.08)
    Italy
        Parma Province37.242.61.14 (1.03-1.27)25.527.11.06 (0.94-1.20)
        Ragusa Province19.930.91.56 (1.31-1.85)16.822.81.36 (1.13-1.63)
        Lombardy, Varese Province38.543.41.13 (1.03-1.23)25.627.51.07 (0.97-1.19)
    Germany
        Saarland43.351.11.18 (1.11-1.26)30.932.81.06 (0.99-1.14)
    Spain
        Murcia20.638.51.87 (1.70-2.06)18.124.31.35 (1.22-1.49)
        Navarra25.639.41.54 (1.37-1.72)18.522.11.20 (1.05-1.37)
        Tarragona24.441.31.69 (1.51-1.90)19.725.81.31 (1.17-1.46)
    Switzerland
        Geneva36.632.80.90 (0.79-1.02)25.624.90.97 (0.85-1.11)
        St Gall-Appenzell27.432.21.17 (1.04-1.33)18.920.91.11 (0.96-1.27)
    The Netherlands
        Eindhoven39.043.91.12 (1.04-1.22)28.232.31.14 (1.05-1.25)
UK, England
        Birmingham and West Midlands Region37.438.31.02 (0.99-1.06)24.423.90.98 (0.94-1.02)
        Merseyside and Cheshire35.940.91.14 (1.09-1.20)24.723.00.93 (0.88-0.98)
        North Western Region33.738.61.15 (1.10-1.19)24.624.51.00 (0.96-1.04)
  • NOTE: Colorectal cancer includes cancer of the colon, rectum, and anus.

  • Incidence rates are per 100,000 persons and were age-adjusted to the 1960 world standard population.

  • Abbreviation: 95% CI, 95% confidence interval.

  • * For ease of interpretation significant rate ratios are presented in bold.

  • Rates for the second time interval for Varese Province, Murcia, and Tarragona were based on incidence data for the years 1998-2000, 1997-2001, and 1998-2001, respectively.