HealthDay News — According to a report published in JAMA Oncology, cancer cases rose 33% worldwide in the past 10 years.

In 2015, there were 17.5 million diagnoses and 8.7 million deaths in the world from the disease, the researchers found. 

The rise in cancer cases was mainly due to population aging and growth, along with changes in age-specific cancer rates, according to the Global Burden of Disease Cancer Collaboration study.

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The lifetime risk of developing cancer was 1 in 3 for men and 1 in 4 for women, the investigators found. Prostate cancer was the most common type of cancer in men (1.6 million cases), and tracheal, bronchus and lung cancer was the leading cause of cancer mortality in men. 

Breast cancer was the most common cancer for women (2.4 million cases); it was also the leading cause of cancer mortality in women.

The most common cancers in children were leukemia, other neoplasms, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and brain and nervous system cancers, according to the report.


“Global Burden of Disease Cancer Collaboration. Global, Regional, and National Cancer Incidence, Mortality, Years of Life Lost, Years Lived With Disability, and Disability-Adjusted Life-years for 32 Cancer Groups, 1990 to 2015: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study.” JAMA Oncol. 2016. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2016.5688. [Epub ahead of print]

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