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

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  • Fabio Levi,

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    1. Cancer Epidemiology Unit and Cancer Registries of Vaud and Neuchâtel, Institut universitaire de médecine sociale et préventive, Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Vaud Cancer Registry, CHUV-Falaises 1, 1011 Lausanne, Switzerland
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  • Franca Lucchini,

    1. Cancer Epidemiology Unit and Cancer Registries of Vaud and Neuchâtel, Institut universitaire de médecine sociale et préventive, Lausanne, Switzerland
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  • Eva Negri,

    1. Laboratory of Epidemiology, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche ‘Mario Negri’,Milano, Italy
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  • Carlo La Vecchia

    1. Laboratory of Epidemiology, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche ‘Mario Negri’,Milano, Italy
    2. Istituto di Statistica Medica e Biometria, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy
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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%). © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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