Cancer responsible for more than a quarter of deaths in the EU

Lung cancer proves to be the most fatal among men and breast cancer among women.

Data released by Eurostat show that, in 2016, almost 1.2 million people died of cancer in all 28 Member States, representing 26% of all deaths recorded in the Union. In that year, an average of 257 people per 100,000 inhabitants in the Union died of cancer.

Among men, lung cancer was the most fatal (165,000 fatal cases, representing 25% of all cancer deaths in the EU male population), followed by colorectal cancer (77,400 deaths, 12%) and prostate cancer (65,200 deaths, 10%).

Among women, breast cancer was the most fatal (84,300 deaths, representing 16% of all cancer deaths among the European female population), followed by lung cancer (74,100 deaths, 14%) and cancer colorectal cancer (62,300 fatal cases, 12%). Always referring to data from 2016, Eurostat points out that cancer caused 288,900 deaths among people under 65, which represents 37% of all deaths registered in the EU in this age group.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the number of cancer cases worldwide could increase 60% in the next 20 years if the rate of expansion of the disease is maintained.

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