Original Research ARTICLE
Global, Regional, and National Burden of Endometrial Cancer, 1990–2017: Results From the Global Burden of Disease Study, 2017
- 1Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, China
- 2Clinical Research Center, Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, China
- 3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, China
Endometrial cancer (EC) is the most common malignancy affecting women in developed countries. Recently, the EC disease burden has changed; therefore, the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2017 was used to comprehensively analyze the global, regional, and national burden of EC between 1990 and 2017. General GBD cancer estimation methods were used with the data input from vital registration systems and cancer registries. Annual percent changes were calculated to quantify the trends of EC burden estimates during the study period. Furthermore, the sociodemographic index (SDI) was used to assess the relationship between the EC burden estimates and development level. From 1990 to 2017, the age-standardized incidence and prevalence rate of EC increased globally by 0.58 and 0.89% per year, respectively. In contrast, the age-standardized death rate and disability-adjusted-life years (DALYs) decreased by 1.19 and 1.21% per year, respectively. Increasing trends in both the incidence and prevalence were observed in all SDI quintiles, except for the low SDI quintiles, whereas decreasing trends were observed in all SDI quintiles for mortality and DALYs. Additionally, a non-linear association existed for the level of mortality rate, DALYs, and SDI. Of note, there was a strong positive association between a high body mass index and DALYs across all SDI quintiles. In conclusion, EC incidence and prevalence rates are growing globally, whereas the death rate and DALYs decreased between 1990 and 2017. Greater efforts, particularly detailed prevention strategies for reducing obesity, should be performed to reverse this phenomenon.
Endometrial cancer (EC) is an increasingly problematic gynecological cancer (1). According to the GLOBOCAN cancer statistics, there are an estimated 382,069 new cases and 89,929 deaths attributed to EC worldwide in 2018 (2). Moreover, EC was the second most common and the fourth leading cause of death due to gynecological cancer among women worldwide in 2018 (2). According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the incidence rate of EC is increasing rapidly compared with 2018, and is estimated to increase by more than 50% worldwide by 20401. However, the incidence and mortality of EC differ throughout the world. The incidence rates of EC are generally higher in high-income countries compared to low and middle income countries (3, 4). For example, the highest incidence rates of EC are observed in North America as well as Northern and Western Europe, whereas the rates are the lowest in South-Central Asia and most of Africa (5). Additionally, the incidence rates have been reported to have an increasing trend in the US and several European countries since around 2000 (6, 7). Conversely, the mortality caused by EC had been found to be the highest among women of low socioeconomic status (8). Indeed, the highest mortality rate was observed in Melanesia (3, 5), but was the lowest in Northern Africa (5). Although mortality rates are increasing in line with incidence (7, 9), decreased mortality is observed in all sociodemographic index (SDI) quintiles, a composite indicator of development status. Thus, data concerning the EC burden estimates and trends in different regions and countries may be valuable for decision-making and resource allocation. However, previous studies to date have mainly focused on single countries or regions, EC trends over a limited period, and there has been only one study published on the international patterns and trends of EC incidence (10, 11). Therefore, in this study, we report the results of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2017 study on primary EC incidence, prevalence, mortality, disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), years of life lived with disability (YLDs), and years of life lost (YLLs) for 195 countries or territories from 1990 to 2017 and assess the association between these indicators of the disease burden and the SDI level.
Materials and Methods
Detailed methods for every analytic step in GBD 2017 are described elsewhere and are consistent with the Guidelines for Accurate and Transparent Health Estimates Reporting (Supplemental Table 1) (12–14). Herein, we concentrate on methods and statistical analyses to estimate the burden of EC. A description of the estimation process is provided in the supplementary methods (Supplemental File 1). Similar to previous GBD studies, the entire time series was re-estimated, and the results provided in this study replace previous GBD studies.
In the GBD 2017, the estimation process begins with EC mortality. We used a vital registration system and cancer registry incidence data, which were converted to mortality estimates through a separate modeling of the mortality-to-incidence ratios (MIR) (Supplemental Table 2) (15). The data were processed to adjust for aggregated causes, age groups, or uninformative causes of death (16). To estimate the number of deaths attributed to EC, the mortality data were input into the Cause of Death Ensemble Model (CODEm) and analyzed (17). The CODEm predicts mortality based on the available data and covariates, such as education, cumulative cigarettes smoking, SDI, lagged distributive income, and alcohol consumption. Using codcorrect to adjust the CODEm results, an algorithm that scales the estimates to all-cause mortality estimates using the uncertainty distribution around the cause fraction estimates for each GBD cause of death for every country, year, and age. Then, these death estimates were used to calculate the YLL. The epidemiological results of EC was modeled with DisMod-MR 2.1, a Bayesian meta-regression framework that has been widely applied in GBD epidemiological modeling. EC incidence was estimated by dividing mortality by MIR. MIR were also used to calculate EC survival. The incidence and survival estimates were used to calculate the prevalence, which was divided into four stages, reflecting changes in disability during the: (1) diagnosis and treatment; (2) remission; (3) dissemination; and (4) terminal phases. YLDs were generated by multiplying the prevalence of each stage by the distinct disability weights. The sum of the YLLs and YLDs represents the DALYs (18). All International Classification of Diseases 9th Edition and International Classification of Diseases 10th Edition codes pertaining to primary EC were included in these estimates.
Annual GBD data for EC by region and country from 1990 to 2017 were collected from the Global Health Data Exchange query tool (19). There was available data for a total of 195 countries and regions. Considering the relationship between development status and disease burden, the SDI for each country was calculated in the GBD 2017 and countries were categorized into SDI quintiles. This new indicator is the geometric mean of the total fertility rate, income per capita, and mean education years for those older than 15 years, scaled from 0 to 1 (Supplemental Table 3) (16, 20). In addition, the 195 countries and regions were divided into 21 regions based on epidemiological similarity and geographical proximity (21).
Estimation of EC Risk Factor Exposure
A comparative risk assessment approach was used to estimate the proportion of EC that could be attributable to different risk factors. The detailed methods of evaluating exposure levels and the associated burden of disease have been reported elsewhere (22). Risk factors were divided into three main categories: (1) behavioral; (2) environmental/occupational; and (3) metabolic. For each risk factor, the observed deaths were compared to those that would have been observed if a counterfactual level of exposure had occurred in the past to estimate the attributable burden. Theoretically, the minimum risk exposure level represents the risk exposure level that minimizes the disease risk at the demographic level, which was used to calculate the attributable burden of disease. Risk factors, their definitions, and the theoretical minimum risk exposure level are provided in the Appendix (Supplemental Figures 4, 5).
We used the age-standardized incidence rate (ASIR), age-standardized prevalence rate (ASPR), age-standardized death rate (ASDR), DALYs, percent change, and evaluated annual percentage change (APC) to quantify the trends in the EC global burden (23). The age range was restricted to between 25 and 74 years and divided into ten 5 year age groups. All measures were age-standardized using the GBD standard population. APC is a widely used measure of the annual ASR trend, and the regression line matches the natural logarithm of the rates. APC and 95% confidential interval (CI) values can also be obtained from the linear regression model (24). We used a generalized additive model with a Loess smoother on SDI to evaluate the associations between SDI and disease burden indicator using GBD estimates from all national locations for each year from 1990 to 2017 (25). Uncertainty intervals (UI) were calculated by taking the 2.5 and 97.5 centile values of 1,000 draws of the posterior distribution of that measure. All statistics were performed using SPSS (Version 23, SPSS Inc.) and R software (Version 3.4.4, R core team). A 95% CI, excluding 0, was considered to be statistically significant.
EC Incidence and Prevalence
The ASIR of EC changed from 8.28 per 100,000 women (95% UI: 8.03, 8.51) in 1990 to 9.57 per 100,000 women (95% UI: 9.33, 9.83) in 2017, with a substantial increase of 0.58% (95% CI: 0.52, 0.64%) per year (Supplemental Table 10). In addition, the ASPR changed from 58.43 per 100,000 (95% UI: 56.66, 59.98) in 1999 to 72.66 per 100,000 women (95% UI: 70.82, 74.71) in 2017, with a substantial increase of 0.89% (95% CI: 0.82, 0.96%) per year (Supplemental Table 11). For both of these two burden estimates, increasing trends were observed in all but the low SDI quintiles. Of note, the most significant increasing trend was consistently observed in the high SDI quintiles (Figures 1A, 2A and Supplemental Tables 12, 13). Of the 21 analyzed regions, increasing trends were observed in 19 regions for ASIR, with the highest level observed in high-income Asia Pacific (10.40%). In contrast, a decreasing trend was observed only in Central Sub-Saharan Africa (7.45%) and Eastern Sub-Saharan Africa (92.55%) (Figure 1B and Supplemental Table 12). For ASPR, increasing trends were observed in all regions except for Eastern Sub-Saharan Africa, with the highest in North Africa and Middle East (10.35%) (Figure 2B and Supplemental Table 13). From 1990 to 2017, there were 153 countries/territories (78.46%) and 162 countries/territories (83.08%) that showed increasing trends for ASIR and ASPR, respectively across 195 countries/territories (Figures 3, 4 and Supplemental Tables 14, 15). Taiwan (province of China) had the largest increasing trend with 6.08% (95% CI: 5.51, 6.65%) per year for ASIR and 6.53% (95% CI: 5.95, 7.11%) per year for ASPR. Whereas, Zambia had the largest decreasing trend with −2.10% (95% CI: −2.62, −1.58%) per year for ASIR and −1.73% (95% CI: −2.26, −1.20%) per year for ASPR (Supplemental Tables 14, 15). Globally, in the age stratified analysis for incidence and prevalence, the distance between the two lines has expanded among ages 45–49, 50–54, and 55–59. The maximum interval was observed between ages 45–49 and 50–54 (Supplemental Figures 6, 7).
Figure 1. Trends in the global disease burden of endometrial cancer incidence from 1990 to 2017. (A) Trends in the global disease burden of endometrial cancer incidence by sociodemographic index from 1990 to 2017. (B) Trends in the global disease burden of endometrial cancer incidence by region from 1990 to 2017.
Figure 2. Trends in the global disease burden of endometrial cancer prevalence from 1990 to 2017. (A) Trends in the global disease burden of endometrial cancer prevalence by sociodemographic index from 1990 to 2017. (B) Trends in the global disease burden of endometrial cancer prevalence by region from 1990 to 2017.
Figure 3. The global disease burden of endometrial cancer incidence in 195 countries and territories. (A) The percent change in the age-standardized incidence rate of endometrial cancer between 1990 and 2017. (B) The estimated annual percentage change of endometrial cancer age-standardized incidence rate from 1990 to 2017.
Figure 4. The global disease burden of endometrial cancer prevalence in 195 countries and territories. (A) The percent change in the age-standardized prevalence rate of endometrial cancer between 1990 and 2017. (B) The estimated annual percentage change of endometrial cancer age-standardized prevalence rate from 1990 to 2017.
EC was the cause of 85 239 deaths (95%UI: 83,186, 87,446) globally in 2017, which was approximately a 45.39% increase compared to 1990. The ASDR decreased from 2.69 per 100,000 women (95% UI: 2.58, 2.79) in 1990 to 2.00 per 100,000 women (95% UI: 1.95, 2.05) in 2017, representing a decrease of 1.19% (95% CI: −1.24, −1.14%) per year (Supplemental Table 16). In contrast to the incidence and prevalence, decreasing trends were observed in all SDI quintiles for ASDR, and importantly the greatest decline was recorded in the high-middle SDI quintiles with −1.89% (95% CI: −2.04, −1.74%) per year contributing 32.34% to the decreasing trend (Supplemental Tables 16, 17 and Supplemental Figure 8). Moreover, decreasing trends were observed in 15 out of the 21 regions (Supplemental Tables 16, 17 and Supplemental Figure 8). The largest decreasing trend was detected in Eastern Asia [2.62% (95% CI: −2.84, −2.41%) per year], which contributed to 16.14% of the total decreasing trend. Conversely, the greatest increase was observed in the Southern Sub-Saharan Africa region [0.83% (95% CI: 0.32, 1.34%) per year], which contributed to 55.43% of the overall increasing trend (Supplemental Tables 16, 17). In contrast to the incidence and prevalence, over half of the countries/territories (61.54%) displayed a decreasing trend across 195 countries/territories from 1990 to 2017 (Supplemental Table 18 and Supplemental Figure 9). Although South Korea had the largest decreasing trend [−5.07% (95% CI: −5.81, −4.32%) per year], Georgia had the greatest increasing trend [3.01% (95% CI: 2.01, 4.02%) per year] (Supplemental Table 18). Globally, when stratified by age group, the distance between the two lines has expanded among ages 55–59, 60–64, 65–69, and 70–74. The maximum interval was observed between the ages 55–59 and 60–64 (Supplemental Figure 10).
EC was responsible for 2140,925 DALYs (95% UI: 2056,461, 2226,155) in 2017, of which 210,919 (95% UI: 151,498, 279,691) were from YLDs (9.85%) and 1 930 006 (95% UI: 1879,870, 1983,033) were from YLLs (90.15%) (Supplemental Tables 19–27 and Supplemental Figures 11–19). Global age-standardized DALYs of EC decreased by 25.63% from 67.88 per 100,000 women in 1990 (95% UI: 64.30, 71.04) to 50.48 per 100,000 women in 2017 (95% UI: 48.48, 52.49), at a rate of −1.21% (95% CI: −1.26, −1.15%) per year (Supplemental Table 19). Decreasing trends were observed in all SDI quintiles, with the most significant decreasing trend in the high-middle SDI quintiles (Supplemental Tables 19, 20 and Supplementary Figure 11). Across the 21 regions that were analyzed, decreasing trends were observed in 16 regions and all displayed statistical significance, except for the Caribbean. Eastern Asia had the largest decreasing (17.09%) trend whereas Southern Sub-Saharan Africa had the greatest increasing (34.33%) trend (Supplemental Tables 19, 20 and Supplemental Figure 11). Among the 195 countries/territories, 119 reported a decreasing trend between 1990 and 2017 (Supplemental Table 21 and Supplemental Figure 12). South Korea had the largest decreasing trend [−5.05% (95% CI: −0.21, 0.02%) per year], whereas Taiwan [3.15% (95% CI: −0.49, 0.03%) per year] had the greatest increasing trend (Supplemental Table 21). Globally, in the age-stratified analysis, the distance between the two lines has expanded among ages 45–49, 50–54, 55–59, and 60–64. Similar to mortality, the maximum interval was observed between ages 55–59 and 60–64 (Supplemental Figure 13).
Estimates of the Global EC Burden in Relation to SDI Levels
The association between the estimates of the global EC burden and SDI levels for each of the 21 GBD regions for each individual year between 1990 and 2017 are illustrated in Figure 5. Overall, there was a linear association among the EC incidence, prevalence, and SDI level. Positive associations were observed with an increasing SDI in almost all regions; however, no significant positive association was observed in Eastern Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia. In addition, a potential non-linear association existed among mortality, DALYs, and SDI level. An inverted U-curve was observed when the SDI was limited to 0.3–0.6. Moreover, the highest values were reached when the SDI was equal to 0.45, which may be attributed to Oceania.
Figure 5. Co-evolution of the global age-standardized burden estimates with SDI and for GBD regions for endometrial cancer, 1990–2017. [(A) Incidence, (B) prevalence, (C) mortality, (D) DALYs, (E) YLLs, and (F) YLDs. Colored lines show the global and regional values for age-standardized burden estimate rates. Each point on the line represents 1 year starting at 1990 and ending at 2017. The black line represents the average expected relationship between SDI and burden estimates rates for endometrial cancer based on values from each geographical region over the 1990–2017 estimation period. DALYs, disability-adjusted life-years; SDI, Socio-demographic Index; YLLs, years of life lost; YLDs, years lived with disability].
Risk Factors for EC
We found that a high body mass index (BMI) was the only risk factor for EC based on the GBD 2017 from 1990 to 2017. There was a strong positive association between a high BMI and DALYs across all SDI quintiles (Supplemental Figure 20).
Based on the GBD 2017, this study presents the most recent trends and patterns of the worldwide burden estimates of EC from 1990 to 2017 at the global, regional, and national levels. During the entire study period, increasing trends were observed in all SDI quintiles for incidence and prevalence rate of EC, except for the low SDI quintiles. However, decreasing trends were observed in all SDI quintiles for mortality and DALYs. Additionally, a potential non-linear association was evident between mortality and the DALYs and SDI. Across the 195 countries/territories, over two-thirds of the countries/territories displayed an increasing trend of incidence and prevalence, whereas over half of these countries/territories exhibited a decreasing trend for mortality and DALYs.
Our results are consistent with several previous evaluations of regional trends of EC burden estimates. The incidence rates of EC have been increasing since ~2000 in several developed countries (6, 7). The increasing trend in incidence was observed in Singapore, Thailand, Japan, India, Belarus, Lithuania, Costa Rica, US, Spain, and New Zealand. Similarly, for mortality, we observed a similar decreasing trend in Japan and Singapore (26, 27), as well as in some historically lower-risk regions (e.g., Asia) (27). Previous studies (e.g., the GLOBOCAN 2012 from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the report from Five Continents database and the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program) (3, 28) have indicated that the EC incidence rates were higher in Northern America and Central-Eastern Europe, compared to South-Central Asia, where the incidence rates were lower. Furthermore, Lortet-Tieulent et al. (11) showed that the highest incidence rates were observed in Europe and North America, whereas the lowest rates were found in developing countries, including South Africa and India, from 2006 to 2007. In addition, there was a decreasing trend for EC mortality in European countries and Asian regions, except for Central Asia, and higher mortality was observed in Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Similar patterns were observed for EC mortality when compared with the data from several previous studies (3, 27, 29).
Differences in the EC burden estimates might be related with the socioeconomic level, and endogenous estrogen exposure (e.g., nulliparity, fewer pregnancies, early age at menarche, and obesity) (30). The incidence of EC increased with time and in successive generations in several countries, especially in countries with rapid socioeconomic transitions (11). Between-country variations in various factors (e.g., socioeconomic status [SES]) could further lead to heterogeneity in these burden estimates. Moreover, a lower educational level was significantly associated with a higher proportion of late stage EC among patients who were between 50 and 74 years old at the time of diagnosis (31). Furthermore, women with higher SES levels may have less unhealthy living behaviors. Studies have indicated that the consumption of meat, fat, and fried foods used to be higher whereas lower fiber, whole grains, fruit, nuts, and seeds among the richest (32–35), which may also increase the risk of EC (36–39). Previous studies have found that educated women typically use estrogen replacement, contraception, and tend to have lower parity, compared with uneducated women (40). This may increase the risk of developing EC among educated women. According to the World Fertility Report 2013, the fertility rates declined from more than 6.0 to 1.6 or fewer children per women in Singapore and Thailand, and from 3.0 to 1.3 in Japan between 2000 and 2005. Moreover, nulliparity has more than doubled since 1994 in Japan and Spain (41). A particularly high rate of HRT use (37%) in the 60–64 year age group has been reported in the US population residing in Stanford, California (42). An early age at menarche, late age at menopause, and late age at last birth are associated with an increased risk of EC in developed countries (43, 44).
Although BMI is a rough estimate of obesity, studies have indicated that an obese woman has a four-fold increased risk of developing EC compared with woman with a normal BMI (45), and EC survivors with a BMI ≥ 30 had a 2.28 relative risk of mortality compared to women with a BMI < 22.5 (46). Several reports have also indicated that the proportion of women with a high BMI increased more rapidly compared to the global average in high-income countries (except for Japan) (11). For instance, the proportion of women with a high BMI increased from 44 to 57% in the United Kingdom, 60% in New Zealand, and 62% in the United States (11). Compared with BMI, which is a rough estimate of obesity, obesity should be instead be measured using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Therefore, whether such recommendations to reverse the phenomena of EC through BMI at the global level could be achieved, should be further investigated in the future.
Due to symptomatic bleeding, EC can be diagnosed at an early stage and has a generally favorable prognosis (47). In contrast to the gradually increasing incidence rates, EC mortality rates have steadily decreased, likely due to improved cancer treatment and prognosis (48). Although the cornerstone of treatment in early stage EC is surgery, there is now movement toward the use of minimally invasive techniques (e.g., laparoscopic approach or robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery) (49). Most patients with stage I and II EC will have a favorable prognosis, and the 5 year survival rate is approximately 80%. Even patients with stage III or IV EC will have a worse survival, and the 5 year survival rate is ~40% (50). Furthermore, several studies have indicated that the association between EC mortality with driving time to the nearest cancer treatment center disappeared by 1990 (51, 52). However, we observed increased mortality for the southern sub-Saharan Africa region, which may be attributed to the lack of a diagnostic approach to detect and register cases, the lack of skilled professionals in oncology to make a confirmed diagnosis.
As far as we know, the current study is the first to comprehensively analyze the burden of EC from 1990 to 2017 at the global level and further estimate the co-evolution of the global EC burden estimates and SDI to explore the relationship between EC development and social status. Additionally, the GBD study provides high quality burden estimates associated with EC. More importantly, the GBD study is now undergoing annual updates, which allows for methodological improvements with every iteration, as well as the inclusion of the most recent data sources. However, several limitations continue to exist: (1) some fluctuations in the burden estimates of EC may reflect deviations in the detection associated with modifications in screening schemes other than practical changes in the age-specific rates; (2) In many low income regions, vital registration and cancer registry data are less reliable (53, 54). Due to underreporting and the failure of diagnosis, EC estimates might suffer from underestimation. Therefore, this could be a source of bias during cancer registration in these countries (55); (3) mapping of distinct disease-coding systems into the GBD etiology list redistribution of non-informative or miscoded diseases (the “garbage codes”), and modeling the incompleteness of datasets, especially for younger age groups; (4) for the cancer registry, although non-similarities exist across countries in the region, we have not conducted detailed studies in each location, which may have a bias with missing cases in the periphery; and (5) there was no specific EC classification in our study, and we failed to elaborate on the disease burden of different histotypes. These limitations should be addressed by both improving methods, as well as expanding the vital registration systems and population-based cancer registries.
In conclusion, although the EC incidence and prevalence rates are increasing globally, the mortality and DALYs rates decreased in the past few decades. Our findings may be useful for resource allocation and health services planning for a growing number of patients with EC in aging societies, as well as taking greater effort to reduce obesity to reverse the increasing trend. Moreover, the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices and public education on disease symptoms are likely to be the best approaches for EC prevention at the present time.
Data Availability Statement
The datasets generated for this study can be found in the GBD at http://ghdx.healthdata.org/gbd-results-tool.
SZ, T-TG, Y-HZ, and Q-JW contributed to the study conception and design, manuscript drafting, and approval of the final version of the manuscript. F-HL, Y-TJ, HS, and X-XM contributed to acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data.
This study was supported by grants from the National Key R&D Program of China (No. 2017YFC0907405 to Y-HZ), the Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81602918 to Q-JW), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation Funded Project (No. 2018M641752 to Q-JW), and the Campus Research Fund of China Medical University (No. YQ20170002 to Q-JW). The Global Burden of Diseases (GBD) study received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The funders had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or final approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.
Conflict of Interest
The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.
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The Supplementary Material for this article can be found online at: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fonc.2019.01440/full#supplementary-material
ASIR, age-standardized incidence rate; ASPR, age-standardized prevalence rate; ASDR, age-standardized death rate; APC, annual percentage change; CODEm, Cause of Death Ensemble Model; CI, confidential interval; DALYs, disability-adjusted-life years; EC, endometrial cancer; GBD, Global Burden of Disease; BMI, high body mass index; HRT, hormone replacement therapy; MIR, mortality-to-incidence ratios; PC, percent change; SDI, sociodemographic index; SES, socioeconomic status; TMREL, The theoretical minimum risk exposure level; UI, Uncertainty intervals; YLDs, years of life lived with disability; YLLs, years of life lost.
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Keywords: disability-adjusted life years, disease burden, endometrial cancer, incidence, mortality, prevalence
Citation: Zhang S, Gong T-T, Liu F-H, Jiang Y-T, Sun H, Ma X-X, Zhao Y-H and Wu Q-J (2019) Global, Regional, and National Burden of Endometrial Cancer, 1990–2017: Results From the Global Burden of Disease Study, 2017. Front. Oncol. 9:1440. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2019.01440
Received: 12 September 2019; Accepted: 03 December 2019;
Published: 19 December 2019.
Edited by:Alireza Sadjadi, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Reviewed by:Sudabeh Alatab, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Muktar Beshir Ahmed, University of South Australia, Australia
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