Scientists Predict Rise In Rate Of Cancer
Scientists have predicted that there will be 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million deaths globally this year.
This is an increase from 14.1 million cases and 8.2 million deaths in 2012. This is partly as a result of the growth in the ageing population.
The figures suggest one in five men and one in six women will develop the disease.
More people will develop cancer-related to lifestyle than that related to poverty as the income of countries become higher.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) provides regular snapshots of the scale of cancer around the world, looking closely at 36 different cancers in 185 countries.
According to BBC, the most recent report, lung cancer, female breast cancer, and bowel cancer are responsible for a third of all cancer cases and deaths worldwide.
And the authors say lung cancer is now the leading cause of cancer death in women in 28 countries.
The worst hit countries include the USA, Hungary, Denmark, China and New Zealand.
George Butterworth, from the charity Cancer Research UK, said: “Tobacco is the single biggest reason why more women across the world are getting lung cancer than ever before.
According to the report, almost half of all cases of cancer and cancer deaths in the world this year will be in Asia, partly due to the number of people living there and partly because the types of cancer that leads to death is prevalent in the continent.
Overall, the report estimates, nearly half of all cases and most cancer deaths in the world this year will occur in Asia, partly because of the large numbers of people living in the continent.