Cancer mortality rates falling faster in men than women

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There will be more than 1.37 million deaths from cancer in the European Union this year.

Cancer mortality rates in Europe are expected to decline this year, with the trend stronger among men than women.

According to projections published in the Annals of Oncology, mortality rates in men will fall by just over 8 per cent to 132 per 100,000 persons, while in women, the decline will be around 4 per cent to 84.5 per 100,000.

Declining mortality is expected for all selected cancers, with the exception of pancreatic cancer in both sexes and lung cancer in women.

“Overall, fewer women than men will die from cancer, but the fact that the rate of decline is slower in women than in men essentially reflects the different trends in lung and other tobacco-related cancers between the two sexes,” said author Prof Carlo La Vecchia. Death rates from lung cancer in women are still rising from their 2012 levels and a 5 per cent rise is expected this year, while rates in men will decrease by 11 per cent, said Prof Carlo La Vecchia. Lung cancer is predicted to account for about 20 per cent of all cancer-related adult deaths in 2017.

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