World cancer rates rising rapidly, new study says.
This year there were 18.1 million new cases.
And 9.6 million died from cancer.
The news come from a report by the World’s Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Cancer will be the number one killer by the end of the century.
The report says it will be the biggest single barrier to increasing life expectancy.
The cancer projections are grim.
The researchers estimate one in five men and one in six women will get cancer.
And one in eight men and one in 11 women will die from cancer.
The report says cancer is increasing for a variety of reasons
The population is getting older and cancer risks increase as you get older.
The world’s population is growing and that means more cancer.
Also the numbers look worse because in many countries stroke and heart disease deaths are declining.
Where you live determines the likelihood of getting cancer and dying from it.
World Cancer Rates Rising Rapidly
Almost half of all the world’s cancer cases were in Asia.
Asia accounts for 60 per cent of the world’s population.
But the report isn’t just gloom and doom.
There are some encouraging signs.
Prevention efforts appear to be paying off.
Countries with strong public cancer awareness campaigns encouraging people to quit smoking have seen declines in lung cancer rates.
This is especially true in northern Europe and North America.
Likewise cervical cancer cases declined due to screening efforts.
Countries with strong economies have seen a decline of cancers due to poverty and infections.
But there is a troubling aspect in the countries with strong economies.
Cancer rates have risen due to lifestyle choices such as obesity and drinking.
Three cancers account for one-third of the world’s cancer deaths.
They are lung, colorectal and breast cancer in that order.