News | December 17, 2007

American Cancer Society Releases Report, Cancer Facts and Figures

December 18, 2007 - The American Cancer Society recently reported 12 million new cases of cancer diagnosed worldwide in 2007, with 7.6 million people dying from the disease.
According to the report, Global Cancer Facts & Figures, 5.4 million cancers cases and 2.9 million deaths are in more developed nations, while 6.7 million new cancer cases and 4.7 million deaths are in developing countries.
The most common cancers among men in developed countries are prostate, lung and colorectal cancer, with breast, colorectal and lung cancer being the most prevalent among women, according to the report.
However, in developing countries the three most common cancers among men are lung, stomach and liver, and among women, breast, cervix uteri and stomach.
Cancer survival rates in developing countries are below those in developed countries, according to the report.
Approximately 15 percent of all cancers worldwide may be related to infections, including hepatitis and human papilloma virus, and the incidence of infection-related cancers remains three times higher in developing countries compared with developed countries (26 percent vs. 8 percent), according to the report.
For more information: www.cancer.org

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