18 Million New Cases of Cancer This Year, Report Estimates
There will be 18.1 million new cases of cancer this year and 9.6 million will die from cancer in 2018, estimates a new World Health Organization report. Even more alarming, worldwide, the total number of people who are alive within 5 years of a cancer diagnosis, is estimated to be 43.8 million.
Researchers say the increase is due to several factors, including population growth and ageing, and “the changing prevalence of certain causes of cancer linked to social and economic development.”
Nearly half of the new cases and more than half of the cancer deaths are estimated to occur in Asia, in part because the area has nearly 60% of the world’s population.
Lung cancer is a leading cause of death in both men and women, it is also the most diagnosed cancer in men, while breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women.