Falls in leukaemia death rates predicted for Europe in 2016

28 January 2016

The number of people dying from leukaemia is likely to drop in 2016, according to a new study.

Led by the University of Milan, the research - which also involved scientists from Switzerland and the US - looked at cancer death rates in the 28 EU member states as a whole, while also specifically examining the six largest countries - France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK.

It was determined that between 2009 and 2016, death rates from leukaemia among children up to the age of 14 will fall by 38 per cent in boys and 20 per cent in girls, and by 26 per cent and 22 per cent respectively in young men and women aged between 15 and 44.

Among men and women aged 45 to 69, meanwhile, the death rates will fall by 19 per cent, reflecting improvements in disease management and the emergence of multidrug chemotherapy, immunotherapies, stem cell transplants, radiotherapy and treatments with less toxic side effects.

Carlo La Vecchia, professor at the faculty of medicine at the University of Milan, said: "The important falls in overall death rates from this group of diseases are very encouraging and are a testament to the hard work of researchers and clinicians."

However, some forms of the cancer remain hard to treat successfully, particularly those that are more common in adults and the elderly.

Posted by Philip Briggs

 


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