The ten most common cancers in the European Union are expected to cause 1.27 million deaths this year, hvg.hu wrote, citing a study published in the scientific journal Annals of Oncology.
This means that 130 out of one hundred thousand men will die of cancer, and 81 deaths from women of the same number will be caused by cancer this year. Compared to 2015, this is a decrease of 7 percent for men and 5 percent for women.
Paolo Boffetta, co-author of the research, an expert who also works at the Universities of Bologna and New York, said cancer is the second most common cause of death in Europe after cardiovascular disease.
Scientists have called on policymakers to provide more resources to fight pancreatic cancer. The mortality rate for this disease is expected to remain stable for men in 2021, but will continue to rise for women in most EU countries.
Experts stress that cancer is “a serious risk factor for patients infected with the coronavirus” and warn of the additional damage that can be caused by freezing prevention programs, lack of testing and early detection.
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