Global cancer burden rises to 14.1 million cases in 2012

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The global burden of cancer rose to 14.1 million new cases in 2012, according to the latest data released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Geneva on Thursday.

The new version of the IARC's online database, GLOBOCAN 2012 provides the most recent estimates of 28 types of cancer in 184 countries worldwide.

IARC, which is a specialized agency of the World Health Organization, identifies the most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide as lung, breast, bowel, prostate, stomach cancer and liver cancers.

Dr. David Foreman, Head of the Centre Information Section at IARC, says one in five men and one in six women will develop a cancer before the age of 75 and that one in eight men and one in twelve women will die from their disease.

He adds that the situation over the next decade becomes even more of a concern.

"By projecting on the basis of main changes in demography, that is a change in the size of the global population and the change of the age structure of the current population indicates that the 8 million currently estimated deaths from cancer will increase to 11.5 million by the year 2025, which is only eleven twelve years away from now."

The IARC report also reveals striking patterns of cancer in women and highlights that priority should be given to cancer prevention and control measures for breast and cervical cancer globally.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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