The rate of cancer deaths in Europe has been decreasing for half a decade, researchers said on Tuesday.
However, the total number of people dying of this disease is expected to increase to 1.4 million in 2019, a rise of almost five percent from 2014, due to a growing population.
According to a paper in the Annals of Oncology medical journal, the odds of men dying from cancer has fell about six percent from 139 deaths per 100,000 males in 2014 to 131 this year; the rate for women has decreased by 3.6 percent, from 86 deaths per 100,000 females to 83.
Researchers also indicated that lung cancer will cause this year more deaths among women than breast cancer, with 279000 combined deaths expected.
"It is clear that despite the good news that death rates are declining in most cancers, the bad news is that, due to growing and aging populations, the number of people who will die from cancer is increasing," said Professor Fabrice Andre of the Institut Gustave Roussy in the Paris region and Annals of Oncology editor.
"This represents a significant burden on society, and more needs to be done to prevent cancers occurring in the first place, particularly by reducing the numbers of people who smoke and are overweight,” he added.