Trends in incidence of oesophageal and gastric cancer according to morphology and anatomical location, in Switzerland 1982-2011

Swiss Med Wkly. 2015 Dec 10;145:w14245. doi: 10.4414/smw.2015.14245. eCollection 2015.


Question under study/principles: This study aimed to evaluate trends in the incidence of oesophageal and gastric cancer by anatomical location and histology using nationally representative Swiss data.

Methods: We included all oesophageal and gastric cancers recorded in 10 Swiss population-based cancer registries 1982-2011. We calculated age-standardised incidence rates (ASIRs) per 100 000 person-years (PY) (European standard) for both cancer sites stratified by sex, language region (German, French-Italian), morphology and anatomical location. To assess time trends, we estimated annual percentage changes (APCs) with 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs).

Results: ASIR of oesophageal adenocarcinoma increased in both sexes and language regions (p <0.001). The steepest increase occurred in males of the German-speaking region (APC 6.8%, 95% CI 5.8-7.8) with ASIRs of 0.8 per 100,000 PY in 1982-1987 and 3.9 per 100.000 PY in 2007-2011. Incidence of oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma decreased significantly in males of both language regions by around -1.5% per year. In contrast, a slight but significant increase (APC 1.4%, 95% CI 0.3-2.4]) of oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma was observed in females of the German-speaking region. We observed stable rates for cancer of the gastric cardia. The incidence of noncardia gastric cancer decreased substantially in both sexes and language regions (p <0.001).

Conclusion: In Switzerland, the incidence of oesophageal adenocarcinoma has risen whereas incidence of noncardia gastric cancer has decreased substantially as observed in other developed countries.

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / epidemiology*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / epidemiology*
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Language
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Registries
  • Sex Distribution
  • Stomach Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Stomach Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Switzerland / epidemiology
  • Young Adult

Supplementary concepts

  • Adenocarcinoma Of Esophagus