Updated: Global Burden of Cancer

Because I’m cancer obsessed, here are the Latest world cancer statistics from IARC


According to GLOBOCAN 2012, an estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths occurred in 2012, compared with 12.7 million and 7.6 million, respectively, in 2008.

The most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide were those of the lung (1.8 million, 13.0% of the total), breast (1.7 million, 11.9%), and colorectum (1.4 million, 9.7%). The most common causes of cancer death were cancers of the lung (1.6 million, 19.4% of the total), liver (0.8 million, 9.1%), and stomach (0.7 million, 8.8%). (same top 3, but liver has surpasses stomach now)

For Cervical cancer:

Almost 70% of the global burden falls in areas with lower levels of development, and more than one fifth of all new cases are diagnosed in India.

In sub-Saharan Africa, 34.8 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed per 100 000 women annually, and 22.5 per 100 000 women die from the disease. These figures compare with 6.6 and 2.5 per 100 000 women, respectively, in North America. The drastic differences can be explained by lack of access to effective screening and to services that facilitate early detection and treatment

Also relevant: Obesity is the new cigarette, via Huffington Post. From the article,

An official report published by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund entitled “Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective” states that there is convincing evidence that body fatness increases the risk of postmenopausal breast, endometrial, esophageal, pancreatic, kidney and colon cancers.


Part of the increasing cancer burden is because of the growing world population, and the growing number of aging people, but the disparities between the rates of death and prevalence for cervical cancer, and cancer in general in developing nations, is a reminder that much work needs to be done in these regions. Also, obesity is definitely on the rise, but to the misfortune of everyone 😦


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