Pancreatic cancer kills more and more Europeans, with increasing mortality, proposes new research. According to a study by United European Gastroenterology, the number of deaths caused by this disease has steadily increased and doubled in the past 30 years.
More specifically, pancreatic cancer kills more than 95,000 people a year and mortality increased by five percent between 1990 and 2016, according to dailymail.co.uk. This means that this type of cancer makes most 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 the lowest number of diseases is (7.47 per 100,000 inhabitants).
Mortality has increased by an average of 5 percent, but some countries have seen a huge increase, such as Romania or Cyprus, by 31 percent. On the other hand, mortality in Poland has decreased by 11 percent and by 7 percent in Belgium, Ireland and Finland.
Pancreatic cancer has the shortest survival time after diagnosis, of all forms of cancer – just four and a half months. Also known as "silent killer" his symptoms are difficult to identify. This causes the diagnosis to be made most of the time when the disease is in an advanced stage.
Although more and more victims are reported, specialists complain that research funding for this type of cancer is too small, only 2 percent, which prevents solutions to stop the disease.
"If we are to oppose the most dangerous type of cancer, 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 removal of bacteria from the intestine and pancreas has impaired the development of cancer and has succeeded in stimulating cells in the immune system to fight cancer cells.
NHS statistics say that people aged 50-80 years, overweight or obese or suffering from diabetes, chronic pancreatitis or stomach ulcers are at increased risk of developing the disease. Pancreatic cancer has now exceeded breast cancer which becomes the third most lethal type of cancer after colon cancer, experts say.