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European Commission - EUROSTAT

4 February: World Cancer Day - Still 1 in 4 deaths caused by cancer in the EU - Main fatal cancer: lung cancer for men, breast cancer for women

Brussels, 3 February 2016

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).

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STAT/16/220


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