Spain: Liver Cancer Mortality, by year
YearNumber of deaths
  • Region: Spain
  • Time period: 2006 to 2022
  • Published: Feb 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 28, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Overall Increase in Liver Cancer Deaths

Liver cancer deaths in Spain have shown a general upward trend over the period 2006-2022, with the number increasing from 4,440 deaths in 2006 to 5,209 deaths in 2022. This represents a total increase of 769 deaths, highlighting a significant rise in mortality due to liver cancer over 16 years.

Year-to-Year Fluctuations

Despite the overall upward trend, liver cancer mortality experienced fluctuations. For example, the number of deaths decreased from 5,192 deaths in 2017 to 4,989 deaths in 2016, only to rise again in subsequent years. The largest year-to-year increase occurred between 2021 and 2022, with 143 additional deaths.

Stability in Recent Years

Over the last five years of the data (2018-2022), liver cancer deaths in Spain have remained relatively stable, fluctuating within a narrow range. The lowest recorded was 5,021 deaths in 2020, and the highest was 5,209 deaths in 2022, indicating a slight but noticeable increase.

Comparison of Decadal Growth

Comparing the decade's start and end, liver cancer deaths rose from 4,528 deaths in 2008 to 5,209 deaths in 2022. This shows an increase of 681 deaths over a span of 14 years, which underscores the gradual but persistent rise in liver cancer mortality.

Record Highs and Lows

The highest number of liver cancer deaths was recorded in 2022 with 5,209 deaths, while the lowest was in 2006 with 4,440 deaths. These figures mark the extremities of liver cancer mortality within the provided data, illustrating the range of variation in annual deaths.

Periods of Decrease Amidst Overall Increase

Despite the general increase in liver cancer deaths, there were periods where mortality showed a decrease, such as from 5,187 deaths in 2019 to 5,021 deaths in 2020. These periods of decrease emphasize the year-to-year variability in liver cancer mortality rates.

Gradual Increase in Mortality Rate

Analyzing the data from a broader perspective, the increase in liver cancer deaths from 4,610 deaths in 2009 to 5,209 deaths in 2022 illustrates a gradual rise in mortality rate, suggesting a growing health concern in Spain over the 13-year span.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the trend in liver cancer deaths in Spain from 2006 to 2022?

Liver cancer deaths in Spain have generally increased from 4,440 deaths in 2006 to 5,209 deaths in 2022, a total increase of 769 deaths over 16 years.

Has the number of liver cancer deaths been consistent year to year?

No, there have been year-to-year fluctuations, for example, deaths decreased from 5,192 deaths in 2017 to 4,989 deaths in 2016, but increased again in subsequent years.

What has been the trend in liver cancer deaths in Spain over the last 5 years?

Over the last five years, the number of liver cancer deaths in Spain has remained relatively stable, fluctuating between 5,021 deaths in 2020 and 5,209 deaths in 2022.

What were the record highs and lows for liver cancer deaths?

The highest number of liver cancer deaths was in 2022 with 5,209 deaths, and the lowest was in 2006 with 4,440 deaths.

Terms and Definitions

Mortality refers to the occurrence of death in a certain population within a certain time period. When applied to diseases such as liver cancer, it describes the proportion of a population who have died from a specific disease.

Liver Cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the cells of your liver - a large organ located on the right side of your stomach responsible for detoxification, protein synthesis, and the production of biochemicals necessary for digestion.

Incidence Rate is a measure used in epidemiology to describe the likelihood of a person being diagnosed with a specific disease, during a particular period of time. It is often expressed per 1,000 or 100,000 people per year.

Crude Death Rate refers to the total number of deaths per year per 1,000 people. It is one of the most common methods for measuring the mortality rate of a population.

Age-Standardized Rate is a calculation used in epidemiology which allows for the comparison of disease rates in different populations while accounting for differences in age distribution.

Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of primary liver cancer — cancer that starts in the liver. It often occurs in people with chronic liver diseases like cirrhosis caused by hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection.

Cirrhosis is a late stage of liver disease characterized by scarring of the liver and poor liver function. It is most commonly caused by alcoholism, hepatitis B and C, and fatty liver disease.

Prognosis refers to the likely course or outcome of a disease or illness, based on the condition of the patient and the disease's typical progression.

Preventive Measures refer to steps taken to slow down disease progression, prevent the onset of disease, or detect a disease at an earlier, more treatable stage. The measures may involve medical procedures, lifestyle changes, diet, or regular check-ups and screenings.
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