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Abstract : There is a lack of information on the prevalence of skin cancer in Iraq. This study aimed to explore the skin cancer trend in Iraq from 2000 to 2019. Based on data from the Iraq Cancer Registry (ICR) from 2000 to 2019, the age-standardized incidence rates (ASIRs) were calculated for skin cancer using the world standard population, in addition to the age-specific incidence rates. The Joinpoint regression analysis was used to calculate the average annual percentage changes (AAPCs) and annual percentage changes (APCs) in skin cancer incidence rates and their statistically significant differences for each linear segment for the whole study period (2000-2019), four 5-year periods (2000-2004, …, and 2015-2019), and by year for all ages combined (0-70+ years), for the age groups (0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+ years), and for males and females separately. In Iraq from 2000 to 2019, the ASIR of skin cancer in both sexes and all ages was 4.144/100,000 people during the study period. In males, the ASIRs increased significantly from 2000 to 2019 with an AAPC of +2.069%. While in females, the incidence increased significantly with an AAPC of +2.206%. The highest incidences of skin cancer cases were observed in elderly individuals (70+), with an AAPC of +2.481% for males and 3.863% for females. This study has shown an increasing incidence of skin cancer in Iraq. Our results may be beneficial in improving the planning for the control and prevention and early detection of skin cancer in Iraq.

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