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Cancer: nearly ten million deaths in 2018

The number of cases of cancer and deaths associated with this disease progresses. Experts from the International Agency for Cancer Research assess the 'global burden of cancer & # 39; in a report.

One in five men and one in six women worldwide will develop cancer during their lives. This is one of the worrying conclusions of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an international agency set up by the World Health Organization. In a report published on Wednesday, September 12 in CA: a cancer journal for cliniciansIARC experts draw up a state of affairs regarding the progress of cancer in the world. Main finding: the "global burden of cancer" is increasing. Researchers analyzed data from 185 countries and 35 types of cancer.

There will be about 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million cancer deaths in 2018, according to IARC. These estimates are greater than the figures from the previous report of 2012, which estimate an estimated 14.1 million new cases and 8.2 million annual deaths.

Lung cancer, which is mainly tobacco-related, is the most common cancer in all sexes, accounting for 18.4% of all deaths from cancer. Then come colorectal cancer, then prostate cancer and stomach cancer.

The study provides indications based on gender: lung cancer is the most common form of cancer and the leading cause of death in men, followed by prostate cancer and colon cancer (for impact) and liver cancer and stomach (for mortality).

Breast cancer, the most deadly cancer in women

In women, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death (11.6% of cancer deaths followed by colorectal cancer and lung cancer (for incidence). cervical cancer belongs to the fourth of the most common and deadly cancers in women.

But these data are subject to significant variations, depending on the country studied. "The most frequently diagnosed cancer and the main cause of death from cancer varies significantly from country to country and from country to country, depending on the degree of economic development and social and lifestyle factors," says the study. For example, cancer is the leading cause of death for people under 70 in North America, Western Europe and Australia, while it is the third or fourth leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Orient, specifies Le Monde.

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