Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral
versão On-line ISSN 1561-3038
CRUZ GONZALEZ, Pablo et al. Mortality due to more frequent malignant tumors in elderly person. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2011, vol.27, n.1, pp. 83-90. ISSN 1561-3038.
Introduction: nowadays, the malignant neoplasias are a diseases group very significant in elderly persons. With advanced age increases the incidence of most tumors. In Cuba the 65 % of deceased persons due to cancer is aged over 65. Objectives: to characterize the behavior of mortality due to malignant tumors more frequent in elderly persons from the "Plaza de la Revolución" municipality during the five-year period 2004-2008. Methods: a descriptive study was conducted including all deceased persons due to this cause and residents of this municipality from the mortality database of National Management of Statistics. The following variables were into account: anatomical location, sex and age. Results: prostate location was in the first place as death cause with a rate of 254, 1 by 1000 000 inhabitants, followed by lungs (189,6). In men was predominance of prostate (254,1) and lungs (234,8) and in female predominance was of lungs (116,5) and breast (112,1). According to age, the group aged 75 and more was the more involved in both sexes. Conclusions: the data from present study confirm a significant increase of mortality in main locations what, together with progressive aging of population, will determine a growth in the yearly number of diagnosed cases, that will generate at the same time, an demand increase of different services related to care of third-age oncology patients.
Palavras-chave : Malignant tumors; mortality; anatomical location; sex; age.