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Cancer responsible for quarter of deaths in Poland

PR dla Zagranicy
Roberto Galea 05.02.2016 14:47
As many as 24 percent of Poles die from cancer, just below the 26-percent average in the EU.
Cancer cells. Photo: Wikimedia CommonsCancer cells. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

“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 percent) of all deaths. Men (726,500 deaths due to cancer) were more affected than women (570,300),” the EU statistics office, Eurostat, said in a recent report.

Eurostat said that fatal cancer “represented more than a third (37 percent) of all deaths for the EU population aged less than 65, while this level was below a quarter (23 percent) for the older population (those aged 65 years and over)”.

In Poland, cancer was a cause of death in 24 percent of the cases in 2013, the latest available data.

The lowest cancer death rate in the EU was recorded in Bulgaria (17 percent), while the highest rate was in Slovenia (32 percent), the Netherlands (31 percent in 2012) and Ireland (30 percent). (rg/di)

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