WHO: Deaths from can­cer will reach nearly 10M this year

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Brett Molina

Nearly 10 mil­lion peo­ple will die of can­cer this year, and 18.1 mil­lion new cases of can­cer will de­velop, ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates from the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Data from WHO’s In­ter­na­tional Agency for Re­search on Can­cer show that 1 in 5 men and 1 in 6 women will de­velop can­cer dur­ing their life­time. The agency cites an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion as one fac­tor in the rise in can­cer cases and deaths. The re­port also notes rapidly grow­ing economies where causes for de­vel­op­ing can­cer were tied more to lifestyle than poverty.

Lung, breast and col­orec­tal can­cer are the top three types of can­cer re­spon­si­ble for a third of new can­cer cases and deaths glob­ally.

“These new fig­ures high­light that much re­mains to be done to ad­dress the alarm­ing rise in the can­cer bur­den glob­ally and that pre­ven­tion has a key role to play,” Dr. Christo­pher Wild, di­rec­tor of the in­ter­na­tional re­search agency, said in a state­ment.

The data also cite a “wor­ry­ing” rise in lung can­cer for women. Lung can­cer is the lead­ing cause of death for women in 28 coun­tries.

Dr. Fred­die Bray, head of the re­search agency’s sec­tion of can­cer sur­veil­lance, said that while mea­sures by WHO have helped cut back on ac­tive smok­ing and ex­po­sure to smoke from to­bacco prod­ucts, more work needs to be done. “Given that the to­bacco epi­demic is at dif­fer­ent stages in dif­fer­ent re­gions and in men and women, the re­sults high­light the need to con­tinue to put in place tar­geted and ef­fec­tive to­bacco-con­trol poli­cies in ev­ery coun­try of the world,” he said.

Ear­lier this week, the head of the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion de­clared youth va­p­ing an “epi­demic,” push­ing mak­ers of elec­tronic fla­vored cig­a­rettes to keep them out of the reach of kids or teens.

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