Cancer mortality

The national cancer mortality report

Mortality is the number of deaths occurring in a specified population in a given time period. It can be expressed as an absolute number of deaths per years or as a rate per 100,000 persons per year. The mortality rate is a measure of the risk of dying due to cancer.

The mortality statistic is based on data from civil registries and death certificates issued by doctors. The coding of death and the selection of the underlying cause of death is carried out by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

This report presents the incidence figures for 35 types of cancer in the last 30 years for all of Switzerland, for the German-speaking part of Switzerland (including Rhaeto-Romanic-speaking cantons) and for the French- and Italian-speaking parts of Switzerland. The 1976 European standard was used for the standardisation of rates. The most recent data are from 2017.