A Swiss–Italian study has predicted how many cancer deaths will occur across the EU in 2014.
Researchers reached their estimates using statistical techniques on official population and death certificate data from the World Health Organization and Eurostat.
According to their predictions, published in the journal Annals of Oncology, there will be around 1.32 million deaths from the most common cancers during the year, which include lung, stomach, colorectal, pancreas, breast, uterus, prostate and leukaemia.
They also forecast that, in women, rates of lung cancer deaths will increase by 8%, while deaths from breast and colorectal cancers are set to decrease.
However, it is worth noting that much of the data used in the study was from 2009, with slightly more up-to-date figures from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK. Therefore, the estimates are subject to assumptions made by the researchers and, given that the figures in the paper are predictions, they may not represent the actual amount of cancer deaths that take place.
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