Risk Factors

10 facts from the latest Cancer Atlas

Wednesday, 16 Oct 2019


Here are some interesting facts from the recent update to the global cancer atlas

  1. The worldwide cancer burden is expected to increase by about 60% from 2018 to 2040 due to population aging and growth alone.
  2. Each year, about 270,000 cancer cases are diagnosed in children. 
  3. Burkitt lymphoma is the most common paediatric cancer in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
  4. New Zealand is the only country in the world that routinely records and reports national-level cancer statistics for its Indigenous population.
  5. In 2017 smoking was responsible for an estimated 2.3 million cancer deaths globally, accounting for 24% of all cancer deaths.
  6. Outdoor air pollution causes over half a million lung cancer deaths and millions of deaths from other diseases each year. 
  7. Helicobacter pylori , human papillomavirus, hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus are responsible for an estimated 15% of all new cancer cases worldwide.
  8. In 2012 excess body weight accounted for 3.6% of all new cancer cases among adults worldwide. 
  9. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in almost all countries worldwide, and accounts for almost one in four new cancer cases among women.
  10. Many cancer survivors face late and lasting medical, emotional, and social challenges resulting in 7.8 million years lived with disability globally in 2017

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