New European Cancer Figures For 2004 - Cancer Experts Say Major Efforts Needed Against The Big Four Killers

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There were nearly 2.9 million new cases of cancer and more than 1.7 million cancer deaths in Europe last year, according to new estimates in a report published today (Thursday 17 February) in Annals of Oncology(1). The authors warn that the ageing of the European population means that these figures will continue to rise, even if incidence and mortality rates for specific age groups remain constant.

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They also say that it is vital to make a major assault on the four biggest killers - lung, colorectal, breast and stomach cancer - if there is to be quick, significant progress against the burden of the disease.

The report has been produced by Professor Peter Boyle, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) from Lyon, France and Mr Jacques Ferlay, from the Descriptive Epidemiology Group, IARC.

Close to 3 million new cases of cancer diagnosed

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