European cancer deaths set to fall

9 February 2011

The number of dying after receiving a cancer diagnosis on the continent of Europe is set to fall in the coming year.

According to new estimates from researchers at the University of Milan and University of Lausanne, in Switzerland, there will be seven per cent fewer cancer deaths among men in Europe in 2011 when compared with figures from 2007.

Meanwhile, cancer deaths among women will fall by six per cent during the same period.

In total, this means 1.3 million people are expected to die of the disease during the course of this year.

Published in the Annals of Oncology, the research, which uses data from the World Health Organization, shows that there have been recent declines in various cancers - including prostate and lung cancers - and these are likely to continue.

"Lung, colorectal and breast cancers are the top causes of cancer deaths, and these are showing major changes," the researchers said.

"Over the last 30 years, lung cancer rates have dropped in men as they have quit smoking in large numbers," they added.

However, according to Cancer Research UK, one in eight women in Britain is expected to suffer from breast cancer in their lifetime.

1 Levi, Fabio et al. "European cancer mortality predictions for the year 2011". Annals of Oncology. Tuesday, February 8th 2011.

2 "One woman in eight will get breast cancer". Cancer Research UK. Friday, February 4th 2011.

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