Pancreatic cancer deaths ‘predicted to rise in 2014 across Europe’

28 April 2014

Deaths from pancreatic cancer are expected to increase in men and women in 2014 across Europe, compared to those caused by other forms of the disease, according to a study published in the journal Annals of Oncology.

The research demonstrated that the proportion of deaths linked to any sort of cancer is expected to fall this year, except those caused by pancreatic cancer. 

According to the study, 41,300 men and 41,000 women will die from this form of the disease in 2014, which equates to 8.0 and 5.6 deaths respectively per 100,000. This is a “small but steady increase” compared to the beginning of the century as rates were 7.6 male and 5.0 female deaths per 100,000.

Professor Carlo La Vecchia, co-author of the research, said the results were a cause for concern as the prognosis for pancreatic cancer is already bleak, with less than five per cent of those with the disease surviving for five years after their diagnosis.

He said: “As so few patients survive, the increase in deaths is very closely related to the increase in incidence of this disease. This makes pancreatic cancer a priority for finding better ways to prevent and control it and better treatments."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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