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Researchers predict a drop in EU cancer death rate

March 7th, 2012
by Tania

The proportion of people dying from cancer in the European Union will drop in 2012, according to researchers.

A study led by Professor Carlo La Vecchia from the University of Milan showed that around 1.28 million people will die from the illness this year, a figure which is rising because of an aging population.

The cancer death rate for 2012 will be 139 per 100,000 for men, a ten per cent reduction on five years ago, and 85 per 100,000 for women, a seven per cent fall.

"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 advancements in treatment and management are playing a major role in the decline in death rates," added Professor La Vecchia.

According to the NHS, in the UK 298,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each day, with the most common being breast, prostate, lung and bowel.

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