Steady Decline in EU Cancer Rate


Steady Decline in EU Cancer Rate

As per a research, which has been published in the Annals of Oncology journal, it has been revealed that there has been steady decline in the number of deaths taking place due to cancer in EU. However, researchers from Italy and Switzerland have said that 1.3 million people will be losing their life in 2012 due to cancer in 27-country European Union bloc.

Fabio Levi, from the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine and Lausanne University in Switzerland, was of the view that there has been decline in the number of breast cancer cases. It shall however be noted that breast cancer remains the prime reason for cancer deaths among women.

Men are more likely to die from lung cancer than women as smoking will be the leading them to death. The study researchers said that death rate among men will be 139 per 100,000 men and it will be 85 per 100,000 women.

Levi said that there has been slight decrease in the number of cases both in men and women. There is variety of reasons for the decline and some of them are European men are found to be cutting smoke habits and are also opting for healthy eating habits.

In the case of women, they have become more aware about breast cancer symptoms and now take part in prevention and detection campaigns. Carlo La Vecchia, from Italy's Milan University, was of the view, "The fact that there will be substantial falls in deaths from breast cancer, not only in middle age, but also in the young, indicates that important advances in treatment and management are playing a major role in the decline in death rates”.

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