As more and more people smoke, here are some troubling numbers from epidemiologists:
About 7.6 million people will die this year worldwide from various types of cancer, with lung cancer --- heavily driven by smoking --- killing 975,000 men and 376,000 women, the American Cancer Society said on Monday.Other significant findings:
In all, about 12.3 million people will develop cancer this year, the organization projected, using data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization.
[Reuters, 17 Dec 2008]
- 20,000 people die of cancer every day worldwide.
- Based on estimates, 5.4 million people will get cancer and 2.9 million will die of cancer in developed nations, with 6.7 million cases and 4.7 million deaths in developing nations.
- In developing nations, like the Philippines, cancers of the stomach, liver, and cervix are more common.
- Fifteen percent (15%) of all cancers are caused by infections --- there's H.pylori for stomach cancer and HPV for cervical cancer.
- Most common cancers among men in developing countries: lung, stomach, and liver cancers.
- Most common cancers among men in developed countries: prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers.
- Most common cancers among women in developing countries: breast, cervical, and stomach cancers.
- Most common cancers among women in developed countries: lung, breast, and colorectal cancers.