Dutch cancer death rate high in northern Europe

Relatively more people die from cancer in the Netherlands than in most other European countries, according to new research from the national statistics office CBS.

In 2006, 187 people died of cancer for every 100,000 of the population, the CBS said. Only Denmark, with a death rate of 200 per 100,000 residents, was worse among the northern and western European countries.
The EU average was 175 deaths per 100,000. Cyprus, Finland and Portugal all had fewer than 150 cancer deaths per 100,000 residents.
By contrast, the Netherlands is one of the better European countries in terms of heart disease. Some 54 out of 100,000 people died of heart disease in 2006, with only Spain, Portugal and France performing better, the CBS said.

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