& Breast Cancer
to Move on From Current Treatment Strategy?
of the stomach with 800,000 new cases per year worldwide is a
major health problem. Despite its declining incidence it remains
the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. The decrease
in incidence varies considerably geographically; slow in Asia
and developing countries and rapid in the western world. In the
USA only 21,600 new cases are expected in 2002 [1: www.cancer.org],
but the sharply declining incidence-curve in the last five decades
shows now a trend toward stabilization . By contrast, incidence
in Japan with about 50 new male cases each year per 100,000 population,
vs. only 8.7 in the USA, remains one of the highest in the world.
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