Cancer mortality in the European Union, 1988-1997: The fall may approach 80,000 deaths a year

Fabio Levi, Franca Lucchini, Eva Negri, Carlo La Vecchia

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Abstract

After the peak rate of cancer mortality reached in 1988 in the European Union, steady declines were observed: 9.1% for both sexes combined over the period 1988-1997 (from 147.0 to 133.6/100,000, world standard), corresponding to the avoidance of about 80,000 deaths in 1997 (approximately 39,000 below age 65 and 41,000 above). In 1997, the total number of cancer deaths also declined, for the first time. The major determining cancers for these favorable trends were stomach (-30%), lung (-10%), intestines (-15%), breast (-10%), uterus (mainly cervix; -22%), leukemias (-10%) and, after 1995, prostate (-3%).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)636-637
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Volume98
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2002

Keywords

  • Europe
  • Mortality
  • Neoplasms
  • Time trends

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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