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Cancer Incidence

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Around 2.4 million new cases of cancer (excluding non‐melanoma skin cancers) were diagnosed in EU countries in 2008 (Ferlay et al., 2010), with 55% occurring among males and 45% among females. The most common forms of the disease were prostate, colorectal, breast and lung cancer. The risk of getting cancer before the age of 75 years is 26.5%, or around one in four. However, because the population of Europe is ageing, the rate of new cases of cancer is also expected to increase (European Commission, 2008b).

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2010-12-01

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