The rapid acceleration in the rate of cancer deaths in Albania over the two decades since the 1990s is matched only by Bosnia in the Balkan region. Serbia has a low growth rate compared to neighboring countries. Cancer fatality data was sourced from the The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), an independent global health research center at the University of Washington.

The data shows that people 40-59 years old are the most vulnerable to cancer related deaths in all countries. In Serbia, where cancer rates over two decades grew slowly, the 40-59 age group fatality rate declined drastically. Montenegro has the fastest growth in the death rate for this age group, with a growth rate of 10% over two decades while the total cancer fatality rate for all age groups in Montenegro has grown by almost 40%.
According to the absolute numbers of cancer-related deaths in the last two decades Balkan Region, Albanian  and Macedonian citizen had the highest number of fatalities, compared to Serbia, which has the lowest.  

Ervin Goci, Department of Journalism and Communication, University of Tirana
Stanislav Tsymbalov, American University of Central Asia