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Cancer: 1.4 million deaths from cancer expected in 2020

The risk of dying from cancer has continued to decline within the European Union in recent years. This is true if one takes into account the age structure of the population, write scientists in the journal »Annals of Oncology«. Older people are at higher risk of cancer and EU citizens are getting older. Doctors predict particularly significant declines in the age-standardized death rate in men for gastric cancer and leukemia, in women for ovarian cancer and also leukemia.

However, the researchers also found two negative trends: According to the study, the number of women dying from lung cancer is still increasing across Europe. In addition, Poland is the only country in the EU where the death rate from prostate cancer is not falling, but is actually increasing significantly, the publication said.

More men than women die as a result of cancer

An international team led by epidemiologist Carlo La Vecchia from the University of Milan has been publishing studies on EU-wide cancer mortality since 2011. Based on data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the researchers create forecasts for the current year and comparative overviews for previous years, both for the entire EU and in detail for the six most populous member states Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Poland and Spain.

Overall, according to the results of the study, the number of men who die of cancer will fall by five percent in 2020 compared to 2015, age-adjusted, and that of women by four percent. The absolute number of deaths from cancer would be around 1.4 million in 2020 (798 700 men and 630 100 women), almost 65,000 more than in 2015, which is again due to the fact that populations across Europe are aging.

Scientists predict that 132,400 men and 110,000 women will probably die of cancer in Germany in 2020: men mainly from lung (28,700) and prostate cancer (15,500), women from breast (18,900) and lung cancer ( 18 100).

More women could die as a result of lung cancer

»In the EU as a whole, death rates from cancer are falling among men. More than half of this can be traced back to falling mortality rates from tobacco-related cancers, «sums up the doctor La Vecchia. This includes not only lung cancer, which accounts for over a third of the decline, but also cancers of the head and neck area and bladder cancer: "In other words, it is because European men have been smoking fewer and fewer for several decades."