Despite the tendency to confluence that shows the frequency of cancer in European countries, Spain presents some peculiarities that are discussed briefly. On the basis of low rates of incidence and mortality by most common tumours in men and women, in women, lung cancer mortality, from 1994 shows a 3% annual increase. Bladder cancer mortality in men is a somewhat special case. While in most European countries, there is a clear decrease in their rates, in Spain the evolution pattern is different, showing the highest rates since 2000. Geographical distribution of mortality patterns is very marked and shows great stability to over the years. However, there are some changes that are discussed briefly, as well as the possible influence of industrial pollution in these patterns.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Key words : Spain, cancer mortality, mortality trends, cancer epidemiology