Gastrointestinal (GI) cancer is the new leading cause death by cancer in Europe, according to a major pan-European survey commissioned by United European Gastroenterology (UEG), which revealed several trend alterations regarding both GI and liver diseases as well as disparities in the provision of healthcare services. As a result, the UEG emphasized the need for both political and public awareness about the burden of the disease in Europe, as well as for more funding to support healthcare and research.
The Survey of Digestive Health Across Europe, which was led by a research group from the Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom, demonstrated that GI cancer has become the most deadly cancer in Europe. In addition, while the mortality rates of colorectal cancer registered lower numbers for decades, in several countries of Western, Northern, and Central Europe, as well as in regions of Eastern and Southern Europe, the rates continue to rise."We need to look more closely at the reasons behind these worrying statistics and find ways to overcome the regional differences observed and reduce the growing burden of GI cancers," said the President of UEG,