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Still 26% of deaths in the EU caused by cancer

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World Cancer Day   Main fatal cancer: lung cancer for men, breast cancer for women

In the European Union (EU), cancer was the cause of death for almost 1.3 million persons in 2013, responsible for just over a quarter (26%) of all deaths.


Men (726,500 deaths due to cancer) were more affected than women (570,300).

In addition, fatal cancer represented more than a third (37%) of all deaths for the EU population aged less than 65, while this level was below a quarter (23%) for the older population (those aged 65 years and over).

Leading to the death of nearly 270 000 persons (or 21% of all deaths due to cancer), lung cancer was the main type of fatal cancer in the EU in 2013, followed by colorectal cancer (153,100 or 12%), breast cancer (92 600 or 16% for the female population only), pancreas cancer (81,300 or 6%) and prostate cancer (72,700 or 10% of all fatal cancers for the male population only).

Among the total population, cancer was in 2013 the cause of at least 30% of deaths in Slovenia (32%), the Netherlands (31% in 2012) and Ireland (30%), while it represented less than a fifth of all causes of death in Bulgaria (17%) and Lithuania (19%).

In every EU Member State, fatal cancers killed more men than women, with the highest gender gaps being observed in Greece and Spain (in these two Member States, men accounted for 61% of all fatal cancer in 2013), followed by Bulgaria and Portugal.

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