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Global stomach cancer deaths decline as colorectal cancer deaths stagnate, rise

Key clinical point: A global analysis of premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) has shown mixed results for gastrointestinal cancers.

Major finding: Stomach cancer was the fastest declining cause of death (out of the NCDs analyzed) in 45 countries among men and in 40 countries among women. However, the risk of premature death from colorectal, liver, breast, prostate, and other cancers declined more slowly than the risk of premature death from other NCDs.

Study details: An analysis of 2016 World Health Organization data on age-, sex-, and cause-specific mortality for 176 countries and territories with at least 200,000 inhabitants.

Disclosures: This work was funded by Research England. None of the authors reported competing interests related to this work.


Bennett JE et al. Lancet. 2020 Sep 3. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31761-X.