Quick global cancer facts

 
September 14, 2009
  • Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide: it accounted for 7.9 million deaths (around 13 percent of all deaths) in 2007.
  • Lung, stomach, liver, colon and breast cancer cause the most cancer deaths each year globally.
  • The most frequent types of cancer differ between men and women.
  • About 30 percent of cancer deaths can be prevented.
  • Tobacco use is the single most important risk factor for cancer.
  • Cancer arises from a change in one single cell. The change may be started by external agents and inherited genetic factors.
  • About 72 percent of all cancer deaths in 2007 occurred in lowand middle-income countries.

Source: World Health Organization


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