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On 22nd July 2020, the Joint Research Center of the European Commission released the cancer incidence estimates for 2020 in the European Uni

At the HPA Saúde Group, we are committed to downloading these statistics.

It is estimated that the total number of new cancer patients diagnosed annually rose to 2.7 million new cases/year (excluding non-melanoma skin neoplasms), which represents a total of 1.3 million deaths in 2020 (a value that still does not take into account the impact that COVID-19 will have on these people).

Of these, the number will be slightly higher in the male population (54%), whose percentage of deaths will also be higher (56%). About 62% of diagnoses and 76% of deaths will happen after 65 years of age.

Female breast cancer will count as the most diagnosed, with a value of 355,000 women in the EU-27, followed by colorectal cancer with 341,000, prostate cancer with 336,000, and lung cancer with 318,000 individuals. As causes of death from cancer, 20.4% will be from lung cancer, 12.4% from colorectal, 7.3% from breast, and 7.1% from the pancreas.

Although the data are forecasts, they still do not reflect the impact of COVID-19 on this population, which may increase the number of deaths, previously estimated, nor do they reflect the number of incidence (which should be lower), it is assumed a decrease of diagnoses by alterations, either from access to diagnostic tests or from access to usual health care.

9, August 2020