WHO Fact Sheet on Cancers in the World and Recommended Quick Action

WHO Fact Sheet on Cancers in the World and Recommended Quick Action

by Reynaldo O Joson on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 7:53am

On the occasion of World Cancer Day, February 4, 2012 – FYI and Quick Action

From WHO

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/index.html

Key facts

  • Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008.
  • Lung, stomach, liver, colon and breast cancer cause the most cancer deaths each year.
  • The most frequent types of cancer differ between men and women.
  • About 30% of cancer deaths are due to the five leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, alcohol use.
  • Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer causing 22% of global cancer deaths and 71% of global lung cancer deaths.
  • Cancer causing viral infections such as HBV/HCV and HPV are responsible for up to 20% of cancer deaths in low- and middle-income countries.
  • About 70% of all cancer deaths in 2008 occurred in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue rising, with an estimated 13.1 million deaths in 2030.

What are your thoughts, perceptions, opinions, and recommendations on these?

A recommended quick action should be prevention and control of the five leading behavioral and dietary risks:

  • high body mass index
  • low fruit and vegetable intake
  • lack of physical activity 
  • tobacco use
  • alcohol use
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