Pancreatic cancer kills more and more Europeans, with mortality rates rising, suggest new research. According to a study by United European Gastroenterology, the number of deaths caused by this disease is steadily rising, doubling over the past 30 years.
More specifically, pancreatic cancer kills more than 95,000 people per year, and the mortality rate increased by five percent between 1990 and 2016, according to dailymail.co.uk. this means that this type of cancer makes most of the victims at European level.
Daily Mail has published a map of countries where a spread of this disease has been observed. The country where most deaths are caused by pancreatic cancer is Hungary, with 12 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. The opposite is Cyprus, where there is the lowest number of illnesses (7.47 per 100,000 inhabitants).
On average, the mortality rate has increased by 5 percent, but some countries have seen a huge increase, such as Romania or Cyprus, by 31 percent. On the other hand, in Poland, the mortality rate has fallen by 11 percent, and by 7 percent in Belgium, Ireland and Finland.
Pancreatic cancer has the shortest survival time after diagnosis, of all cancers – just four and a half months. Also known as the "silent killer," his symptoms are hard to identify. This causes the diagnosis to be made most of the time when the disease is at an advanced stage.
Although more and more victims are being reported, specialists complain that research funding for this type of cancer is far too small, just 2 percent, which prevents solutions to stop the disease.
"If we are to oppose the most dangerous type of cancer, then we need to address the problem of insufficient funding for research. Here the European Union can intervene, "said Professor Markus Peck of United European Gastroenterology.
Studies have shown that the removal of bacteria from the intestine and the pancreas has slowed down the development of cancer and has succeeded in stimulating the cells of the immune system to fight against cancer cells.
NHS statistics say that people aged 50-80, overweight or obese or suffering from diabetes, chronic pancreatitis or gastric ulcer are at increased risk for developing the disease. Pancreatic cancer has now exceeded breast cancer becoming the third most lethal type of cancer after lung and intestinal cancer, experts say.