PubMed | Servizio di Epidemiologia interaziendale and Clinical Cancer Center
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Recenti progressi in medicina | Year: 2016
The Italian Association of Medical Oncology (AIOM) and the Italian Association of Cancer Registries (AIRTUM) provide a reliable estimation of the incidence of cancer in Italy. The most outstanding data point to the steadily increasing efficacy of novel therapies, allowing patients to live longer and have a better quality of life, and the number of citizens being diagnosed with cancer - more than three million people, 4.9% of the population. Over the last years, a significant reduction in cancer incidence has been recorded among men with an opposite tendency among women. However, decreased mortality rates are observed in both sexes as a result of primary prevention measures and the promotion of large-scale national screening programs. In this scenario, cancer networks may play a key role. Quality of care could be substantially improved only if regional cancer networks are implemented on the basis of shared pathways, so as to guarantee equity of access in every phase of the disease.