Cancer-related deaths decreasing in EU
Mar 1, 2012
A new report showed that the number of cancer-related deaths in the European Union is on a steady decline, but 1.3 million people will still from cancer this year, according to Reuters.
The study also showed that women with breast cancer will see a significant reduction in fatalities.
"Although actual numbers of deaths are slightly higher than those recorded for 2007, this is because a greater number of people are living into old age in the EU," Fabio Levi of the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at Lausanne University in Switzerland, told the news source. "The age-adjusted cancer mortality rates show a clear decrease in rates for both men and women over the past five years."
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. This disease is the second most common form of cancer among women, following only skin cancer. It is recommended that women get yearly mammograms starting at age 40.