After studying World Health Organization data researchers say that the number of deaths caused by cancer should go down by almost 7% and 6% respectively in men and women. The data were compared with 2007 death rates.
It is estimated that about 1.3 million cancer patient will die in Europe this year.
According to a journal named ‘Annals of Oncology’ the low down in stomach cancer, breast cancer, male lung cancer and womb cancer and other cases will continue.
But lung cancer in women is on the rise all over the EU except UK. Although in this case for almost a decade UK holds the highest rate. Now the rate is not dropping but settling down.
Carlo La Vecchia, a professor from Milan University along with Professor Fabio Levi at Lausanne University have reached a conclusion calculating the general rate of cancer in Europe and also separate rates of six vital countries in Europe.
This overall downswing in cancer death rates is caused by the decline in mortality rate involving a few types of cancers.
In an analysis it shows that number of death from breast cancer should fall by at least 9% in 2012.
Lung cancer and colorectal cancer in men are also showing major decline.
But when it comes to lung cancer, women certainly can’t be happy. In 2007 in per 100,000 the number of death was 12.55. But in 2011 it has gone up to 13.12.
But good news for women is that the increased death rate caused by pancreatic cancer in women is leveling off.
From ‘British Lung Foundation’ Professor Stephen Spiro says that lung cancer is still in general responsible for the biggest numbers of death.
When it comes to men, in the last 3 decades lung cancer death rate has significantly dropped. Because a large number of men already have and intending to quit smoking.
But it is a completely different picture with women. Today approximately one quarter of them smoke regularly.
Mike Hobday, working at the ‘Macmillan Cancer Support’ as chief of policy happily greeted the reduction in cancer death rates. He also warned about the number of cancer patients in UK is going up by 3% each year.
He added, in UK there is about 2 million people under cancer diagnosis. And if the list goes up in this rate, UK will have to handle at least 4 million cancer patients by the year of 2030.
- Written by Navid Iqbal
- Category: Medicine