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Table 1 Number of registered new cases, method of diagnosis and geographical distribution of cancer in Malawi: 1987-2010

From: Burden of cancer in Malawi; common types, incidence and trends: National population-based cancer registry

  1987-1990 1991-1994 1995-1998 1999-2002 2003-2006 2007-2010
  n % n % n % n % n % n %
New registered cancer cases:
Males 2,335 46.4 2,276 49.5 2,576 51.3 3,983 50.5 6,850 49.8 8,360 44.1
Females 2,699 53.6 2,326 50.5 2,447 48.7 3,901 49.5 6,914 50.2 10,586 55.9
Total 5,034 100.0 4,602 100.0 5,023 100.0 7,884 100.0 13,764 100.0 18,946 100.0
Method of cancer diagnosis:
Clinical only 0 0 405 8.8 924 18.4 2562 32.5 4515 32.8 6101 32.2
Clinical and some investigations 1 0.01 341 7.4 1000 19.9 2278 28.9 5602 40.7 9397 49.6
Histology/haematology/cytology 5033 99.9 3856 83.8 3099 61.7 3043 38.6 3647 26.5 3448 18.2
Total 5034 100.0 4602 100.0 5023 100.0 7884 100.0 13764 100.0 18946 100.0
Cancer cases by region:
Northern 35 6.8 433 9.4 312 6.2 603 7.7 880 6.4 2538 13.4
Central 137 26.6 1,261 27.4 1,006 20.0 1,347 17.2 3,478 25.3 6,630 35.0
Southern 343 66.6 2,909 63.2 3,711 73.8 5,883 75.1 9,389 68.3 9,775 51.6
Total 515 100.0 4,603 100.0 5,029 100.0 7,833 100.0 13,747 100.0 18,944 100.0
  1. n = number of registered new cancer cases,% = percentage