Researchers have predicted there will be a 4.8 per cent increase in total cancer deaths in the European Union (EU) in 2019, with 1.4 million deaths from all cancers, up from 1.35 million in 2014.
In their annual predictions for cancer deaths in the EU, Dr Carlo La Vecchia, Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Milan in Italy, and colleagues estimated there will be a decline in the age standardised cancer mortality rate from 139 per 100,000 men in 2014 to 131 per 100,000 in 2019 and from 86 per 100,000 women to 83 per 100,000.
Favourable trends for major neoplasms are predicted to continue, except for pancreatic cancer. The authors predicted that in men, pancreatic cancer rates will be stable in 2019, while in women there will be an increase of 1.6 per cent.
Stomach cancer shows the most favourable decline with a predicted 17.1 per cent decrease in men and a 13.7 per cent decrease in women since 2014.
Mortality rates for breast cancer are predicted to fall in all EU countries in 2019, with the exception of Poland where rates will rise by just over 2 per cent.
The predictions are published in the Annals of Oncology.