Global Cancer Statistics
Cancer kills more people every year than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
According to Globocan 2012 (the new version of IARCs online database) the most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide were 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 cancer-related deaths were from lung (1.6 million, 19.4% of the total), liver (0.8 million, 9.1%), and stomach (0.7 million, 8.8%) malignancies.
- World Health Assembly Cancer Resolution (2017)
- World Cancer Atlas (overview global cancer burden – launched 2014)
- World Health Organization Cancer Statistics – updated February 2015
- Cancer Research UK: World Cancer Fact Sheet (2012) (pdf)
- Data for Cancer Frequency by Country – World Cancer Research Fund International – 2012
- World Cancer Research Fund International – 2012
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – International Statistics – 2012
- Globocan: Estimated Cancer Incidence, Mortality and Prevalence Worldwide – 2012
- Globocan – Global Cancer Rates Continue to Soar – 2012
- World Cancer Factsheet – World Cancer Burden – 2008 (pdf)
- Global Cancer Facts and Figures – 2007 (pdf)
- Cancer Incidence World Map – 2002 (pdf)
- World Wide Cancer Stats – 2002 (pdf)
Lance Armstrong Foundation releases landmark report
A global challenge like cancer requires global action and the participation and support of world leaders, leading cancer organizations and cancer survivors to join together by making commitments to take action in their communities to reduce the burden of cancer. (Lance Armstrong Foundation Report August 2009). Read more…
International agency for research on cancer (IARC) Report:
Peter Boyle, IARC, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Director, said that the continued growth and ageing of the world’s population would greatly affect the cancer burden. By 2030, it could be expected that there would be 27 million cases of cancer, 17 million cancer deaths annually and 75 million persons living with cancer within five years of diagnosis.
According to Boyle the focus should be on the four pillars of cancer control:
- prevent those cancers which can be prevented
- treat those cancers that can be treated
- cure those cancers that can be cured
- provide palliation whenever palliation is required
Source: IARC report December 2008 – read more…
International Union Against Cancer (UICC) Report:
According to the UICC, The Union for International Cancer Control the following is true every year:
- Over 7 million people die from cancer, and more than 11 million new cases are diagnosed worldwide.
- Tobacco kills more than 5 million people, of whom 1.5 million die of lung cancer.
- More than 160,000 cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed and at least 90,000 children die of cancer.
- In 2020, if current trends continue, new cases of cancer will increase to 16 million per year and more than 10 million people will die.