The Old Professor, one of the authors of the study, explains further:“The mortality rate for pancreatic cancer has been positively influenced by the decline in smoking among men, but negatively influenced by the higher prevalence of obesity and diabetes. A large drop in overall cancer mortality has been observed since the late 1980 in men and even earlier in women in the European Union. Between 1990-94 and 2000-04 the rate declined by 9% for men …. and 8% for women …. In men, the continuous decline in 2007 and probably will continue on until 2011, and the largest decline is expected in Germany. For women, although the decline continues, but the trend among Polish women is less favorable. Given that Poland has the highest rate overall cancer death in both sexes, the lack of improvement is of particular concern. In France, the decline is expected to be modest, although the rate in 2011 among French women still the second lowest after Spain. This is due to lung cancer in women recently unfavorable French and Spanish. ”
In the EU as a whole, mortality rates for lung cancer among women has increased by 12.55 per 100,000 in females from 2007 to 13.12 in 2011.
Lung cancer has surpassed as the leading cause of cancer deaths among Polish women and women of the United Kingdom. The number of women who die of lung cancer this year in the United Kingdom 15,632 (against 14,900 in 2007), which represents a slight decrease in the mortality rate of 20.57 per 100,000 women in 2007 to 20.33 in 2011. Poland, 6343 women die from lung cancer this year compared to 5643, in 2007, an increase in the rate of 15.53 deaths per 100,000 women in 2011 to 16.60.
“Despite these favorable trends in mortality rates from cancer in Europe, the number of cancer deaths remains relatively stable, due to an aging population. In addition, there is a persistent gap between cancer mortality and countries of Central Eastern Europe Western Europe and is likely to persist for the foreseeable future. ”
To form this estimate, based on research data on cancer deaths in the European Union (EU) for the period 1970-2007 to calculate the rate of deaths per year and to identify trends that have been used to predict mortality rates for 2011.
It ‘was expected that Europe in particular, will witness nearly 1.3 million deaths this year, with rates increasing dramatically for women. Meanwhile, in a poll conducted by the British Medical Journal this month, 72% of readers think of healthcare in England in five years will be worse or much worse than today.
The decline in mortality for other major cancers such as stomach, uterus, prostate and can be seen in 2011, say the researchers. An alarming increase in deaths of women, which was observed in 2004, seems to have stabilized.