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1.2m European Union people will die from cancer: study

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More than 1.2 million cancer patients will die from the disease in European Union (EU) countries this year, new research has claimed.

Italian and Swiss scientists reported that 717,398 men and 565,703 women will die from cancer in the EU in 2012. The total number of deaths is slightly up on 2007 but is a fall in cancer death rates in the same period.

An analysis of World Health Organisation statistics found that the predictions indicate rates of 139 deaths per 100,000 men and 85 per 100,000 women, down by 10% and 7% respectively on the 2007 figures.

Germany and the UK were found to have the lowest male cancer deaths rates in the EU, although female cancer death rates in the UK are high despite a fall of 2% in the past three years.

The report, which was published in the Annals of Oncology, looked at trends for all cancers but also focused on those which affect the breast, lung, prostate, stomach and womb.

In addition, cancer death rates and overall numbers of fatalities were predicted for the whole of the EU, with the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain also looked at on an individual basis.

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