Cancer In Europe: More Cases But Fewer Deaths
London, Sept 12 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 12th Sep, 2018 ) :The number of cancer cases has continued to rise across Europe, however mortality rates from the disease have fallen, according to the World Health Organization's "European Health Report", published Wednesday.
Some 2.4 percent of people living in the 53 countries constituting the WHO's "Europe region" had cancer in 2014, a 50 percent increase since 2000, although the figure conceals significant disparities in cancer type and region.
In the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, the prevalence of cancer is twice as high at five percent, while it is only 1.8 percent in the 10 post-Soviet states that comprise the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), which includes Belarus, Georgia and Russia.
The rise is constant throughout the region, with the Nordic countries recording the most new cases with 175 per 100,000 women in 2014.
Although breast cancer has become more common, it has also been better treated.
4 in the EU), compared to 23.8 in 2000 (26.8 in the EU).
Rates declined slowly in the EU (12 per 100,000 women in 2014, a 12.5 percent fall since 2000), while steadily increasing in the CIS (17.8 per 100,000 in 2014, a 23 percent rise since 2000).
Mortality rates in the CIS are more than twice as high, with 6.9 deaths per 100,000 women in 2014, which is unchanged since 1990.
Incidences of tracheal, bronchial and lung cancers have also varied across the region.
The average for the whole of the "Europe region" stood at 49 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 2014.
Mortality rates from these cancers are decreasing across the region, with a 13 percent fall since 2000, although there are several exceptions.