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Global cancer prevalence is growing at “alarming pace,” says WHO

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 04 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1338
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

The worldwide burden of cancer is growing at an “alarming pace,” and treatment alone is not the way to prevent a cancer crisis, a major report into the worldwide prevalence of the disease has warned.1

The World Cancer Report 2014, published by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, said that in 2012 the global incidence of cancer rose to an estimated 14 million new cases, a figure expected to rise to an annual 19.3 million by 2025.

The world’s commonest cancer is lung cancer, making up 13% of the total number in 2012, followed by breast cancer (11.9%), colorectal cancer (9.7%), and prostate cancer (7.9%). Among men lung cancer is the most common (16.7% of …

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