Number of Deaths Due To Cancer To Double by 2030

June 2nd, 2010 - 7:45 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

June 2, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): The United Nations’ cancer research agency on Tuesday said that nearly 13.3 million people are likely to die annually of cancer by 2030. The news raises concern as the number is almost double that of of cancer related deaths in 2008. The research which has been conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) also mentioned that about 21.4 million new cases of the disease will be diagnosed every year in 2030.

In 2008, the latest year for which figures are available, 7.6 million people died of cancer and there were an additional 12.7 million new cases identified. An estimated 56% of new cancer cases across the globe in 2008 were in developing countries and also accounted for 63 percent of all cancer deaths. IARC said that the more number of new cases are being found in poorer underdeveloped countries.

The research also revealed that the most commonest type of cancer diagnosed worldwide in 2008 waslung cancer, with 1.61 million cases. It was followed by breast cancer and colorectal cancer with 1.38 million and 1.23 million cases respectively. It also added that the common causes of cancer death were lung followed by stomach and liver cancers.

A statement by IARC said that cancer is neither rare nor confined to high-resource countries and this perhaps would remain unchanged over the next two decades.

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