Global cancer cases up by 33% in last 10 years

A new report has shown that there were an estimated 17.5 million cancer cases around the world in 2015, increased by 33 per cent in the last decade.

The report also found that 8.7 million people died due to cancer in 2015. Between 2005 and 2015, cancer cases increased by 33 per cent, mostly due to population ageing and growth plus changes in age-specific cancer rates, the report said. The report by Christina Fitzmaurice from the University of Washington in the US and colleagues shows that prostate cancer was the most common cancer globally in men (1.6 million cases) and tracheal, bronchus and lung (TBL) cancer was the leading cause of cancer deaths for men. In women, breast cancer was the most common cancer with 2.4 million cases. It is aslo the leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Leukemia, other neoplasms, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and brain and nervous system cancers were found to be the most common childhood cancers. Researchers estimated cancer deaths using vital registration system data, cancer registry incidence data and verbal autopsy data.

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