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Every fourth person in Europe dies of some form of cancer

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn 2011, every fourth cause of death in Europe was tied to one or another form of cancer. In Latvia, on the other hand, cancer caused every fifth death that year.

In 2011, a total of 5,890 people died combating cancer. This forms 20.6% of all causes of death in Latvia for that year. This is also the fourth lowest proportion among EU countries, according to Eurostat.

Over the past ten years the number of diseased people in the 28 countries that form the European Union has declined by 0.5%, but the number of deaths caused by cancer has increased 6.3%.

The largest proportion of people who died from cancer in 2011 was found in Netherlands – 31.9%. The lowest proportion of deaths caused by cancer was found in Bulgaria – 15.6%.

In Lithuania the proportion of people who died due to cancer was 19.9%, which is the third lowest index. That of Estonia was 23.8% in 2011, which is the seventh lowest index.

A total of 1.28 million people had died from cancer in the European Union in 2011, which applies to a total of 26.3% of deaths registered in the bloc.

Cancer is most often cause of death for men. Nevertheless, mortality rates have been on a rapid rise for women as well.

The most widespread type of cancer in the EU is lung cancer – 20.8% of all deaths caused by cancer are caused by lung cancer, followed by colorectal cancer – 11.9%, breast cancer – 7.2% and pancreatic cancer – 6.1%. Prostate cancer was the cause of deaths of 10.2% of men in the EU in 2011.

The most widespread type of cancer in Latvia is lung cancer. It was the cause of 16.8% of all deaths caused by cancer in 2011. Compared to 2002, the number of lethal outcomes relate to lung cancer has reduced by 2 percentage points in Latvia.

The second most widely-spread type of cancer in Latvia is colorectal cancer (11.7% of all deaths caused by cancer). Compared to 2002, this index has increased by 0.5 percentage points.

Breast cancer caused 7.6% of all deaths caused by cancer in Latvia in 2011 (7.8% in 2002). Death toll of pancreatic cancer in Latvia has increased from 5.9% to 6.5% over this period of time. That of prostate cancer has increased from 5.1% to 6.3%.


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