Measuring progress against cancer in Europe: has the 15% decline targeted for 2000 come about?
P Boyle, A d'Onofrio, P Maisonneuve, G Severi, C Robertson, M Tubiana, U Veronesi
Annals of Oncology | Published : 2003
BACKGROUND: Against a background of increasing cancer rates in the mid-1980s, Europe Against Cancer launched an ambitious programme aiming to reduce cancer mortality by 15% by the year 2000. A programme of activities and research, focussing on three major themes [prevention (particularly tobacco control), screening, and education and training], was developed together with the European Code Against Cancer. METHODS: To evaluate the outcome of the programme, all cancer mortality data were abstracted for each member state of the European Union (EU) until the most recent year available. For each gender group in each member state, age-specific rates were estimated for 2000. For each country-gender..View full abstract