12th September 2018 – World Health Organisation Cancer Fact Sheet and Statistics

Our Summary all taken from the WHO website link below and provide the full weblink for anyone to check our statistics and for more data

Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and is responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018.
Globally, about 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer.

The most common cancers are:

  • Lung (2.09 million cases)
  • Breast (2.09 million cases)
  • Colorectal (1.80 million cases)
  • Prostate (1.28 million cases)
  • Skin cancer (non-melanoma) (1.04 million cases)
  • Stomach (1.03 million cases)

The most common causes of cancer death are cancers of:

  • Lung (1.76 million deaths)
  • Colorectal (862 000 deaths)
  • Stomach (783 000 deaths)
  • Liver (782 000 deaths)
  • Breast (627 000 deaths)

Approximately 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Late-stage presentation and inaccessible diagnosis and treatment are common.

In 2017, only 26% of low-income countries reported having pathology services generally available in the public sector.

More than 90% of high-income countries reported treatment services are available compared to less than 30% of low-income countries.

The cancer burden can also be reduced through early detection of cancer and management of patients who develop cancer.

Many cancers have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated adequately.