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European cancer rates warning

21st February 2007

The number of deaths in Europe recorded from breast cancer rose in 2005 by 1.5% compared with the previous year, according to a new study.


The International Agency for Research on Cancer said 1,900 more deaths from breast cancer were recorded last year than the total of 130,000 recorded for 2004. The number of new diagnoses of cancer in Europe had also risen by 300,000 since 2004, it said.

One of the report's authors warned that urgent action was now needed to take preventative measures against cancer, especially in central and eastern Europe.

Professor Peter Boyle called for better anti-smoking measures and more widespread screening programmes for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers.

Breast cancer deaths continued to rise in spite of the screening programmes, which were thought to be behind the 16% increase in new diagnoses compared with 2004, the report said.

The World Health Organisation's Cancer Research Agency estimates that last year almost 3.2 million cases of cancer, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, were diagnosed in the whole of Europe, whereas in 2004 the number was 2.9 million.

Cancer accounted for 1.7 million deaths in Europe as a whole and for more than a million in the 25 countries of the European Union.

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