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New research published in the Annals of Oncology journal show that, while 1.3 million people will die of cancer in the European Union this year, death rates from this horrible disease are on a steady decline.
It is estimated that around 1.3 million people will die of cancer in the European Union in the year 2012. While this is an astonishing death rate, it is quite lower than last year. A study that investigated all types of cancer across 27 countries in Europe found that more men than women will likely die from cancer but the number of deaths overall would be lower. What’s more, the number of breast cancer-related deaths for women would see a substantial reduction for the upcoming year.

Cancer Mortality Rates on the Downswing in Europe Union
Researchers from Switzerland and Italy published their findings in the Annals of Oncology journal. Of the participants across the 27 countries, breast cancer remained the leading cause of death among female cancer victims. Lung cancer was found to kill more men in the European Union than other types of cancer, too. The cancer death rate is 139 per 100,000 men and 85 per 100,000 women for the year 2012.

When you compare this with confirmed deaths from 2007 when the World Health Organization (WHO) published death rate data for the EU, this represents a fall of 10% for men and 7% for women. Lead researcher Fabio Levi, of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine’s Cancer Epidemiology Unit, reports that people are living to be older in the EU so the number of deaths are slightly higher than what was recorded in 2007. The age-adjusted cancer mortality rates, however, show a significant decrease in the rates for both women and men over the last five years.

Of the findings of this research, there was a great decline in breast cancer mortality, too. This decrease was said to not only occur for older women, but for young women also. The researchers predict that breast cancer deaths will go down by 9% which is a rate of around 15 per 100,000 women. It is still estimated that around 88,000 women will die from breast cancer in the year 2012. According to Levi, the decline is related to falling smoking rates and the advances in the prevention, detection, and treatment of breast cancer. In the countries of Britain and Poland, lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer among women, however, with a rate of 21.4 for Britain and 16.9 for Poland.


Despite the fact that cancer death rate is on the decline, rates of pancreatic cancer are rising among both sexes for the EU. Co-author of the research, Dr. La Vecchia believes that the increasing rates of obesity could be a factor in the rise of the rates of pancreatic cancer along with improved diagnosis.

Cancer experts predict the cost of detection and treatment is likely to be high. With the expansion of new technologies and cancer treatments along with the rise in the number of cases as Europe’s population ages, cancer care is becoming more unaffordable for many of the developed nations.

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