2009-11-30 Drop in smoking cuts cancer deaths in Europe

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(Reuters) - A decline in smoking in Europe and better screening mean fewer people are dying of cancer, but lung cancer deaths in women are rising in places like Scotland and Hungary where more women smoke, doctors said on Monday.

Early diagnosis and better treatments have pushed down deaths from cervical cancer and breast cancer, and declining smoking levels contributed to large falls in deaths from lung and other tobacco-related cancers in men, according to a study in the Annals of Oncology cancer journal.

The study of data from 1990-1994 and 2000-2004 showed overall European cancer death rates fell by nine percent in men and eight percent in women in the second period from the first.(Read entire article)

2009-11-30 Cancer Deaths Drop in Europe as Smoking Rates Fall, Study Finds

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The number of Europeans dying from cancer fell by at least 8 percent in the first half of the decade, thanks largely to a decrease in smoking rates, researchers said.

The drop in deaths was seen across Europe, with middle-aged people reaping the largest benefit, the report published today in the Annals of Oncology found. The greatest declines were seen in deaths from lung and other cancers tied to smoking, followed by stomach, colorectal and breast tumors, the researchers said. (Read entire article)