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Cancer mortality is falling across Europe, but some countries have twice the death rate of others

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 02 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5158
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Death rates for a range of cancers have fallen steadily in countries throughout Europe, show figures published this week, especially tobacco related cancers in men and breast and cervical cancers in women. But the data also show wide variations between countries, with some having nearly twice the cancer death rates of others.

    A new study analysed cancer mortality in 34 European countries from 2000 to 2004 and then looked back at trends in rates of specific cancers since 1975, using data collected by the World Health Organization.

    The results showed that overall cancer mortality …

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