The World Health Organization (WHO) research released Wednesday revealed that about 10 million people would die of cancer this year, and 18.1 million new cases would be diagnosed by the end of 2018.
The review examined the prevalence of 36 cancers in 185 countries and alerted that the number of individuals worldwide who suffer from the disease is rapidly mounting. Based on the data, one in five men and one in six women around the world develop cancer in their lifetime, and one in eight men and one in eleven women die from the illness.
The data also points out that at least 43.8 million people are still alive five years after the onset of the disease.
Additionally, the study found that the rising incidence of cancer is the result of population growth, the aging of the population and the development of specific causes of disease connected with social and economic factors.
About 10 million people will die from cancer this year, most of them in Asia, warns the WHO
Moreover, the study shows that lung cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer are the most common forms of cancer and account for a third of the world’ s incidence and deaths. Also, the WHO report says that, in women, breast cancer is the most fatal, while men die more frequently from lung cancer.
It is further estimated that nearly half of all new cases and more than half of all cancer deaths in the world in 2018 will probably take place in Asia because this area concentrates about 60% of the world’s total population.
“These new figures show that much remains to be done to respond to the alarming increase in the global burden of cancer and that prevention must play a key role. There is an urgent need for effective prevention and early detection policies to control this devastating disease,” said Dr. Christopher Wild, the director of IARC (The International Agency for Research on Cancer).