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Number of Cancer Cases, Deaths Up Globally

Researchers cite population aging and growth

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer cases rose 33 percent worldwide in the past 10 years, according to a report published online Dec. 3 in JAMA Oncology.

In 2015, there were 17.5 million diagnoses and 8.7 million deaths in the world from the disease, the researchers found. The rise in cancer cases was mainly due to population aging and growth, along with changes in age-specific cancer rates, according to the Global Burden of Disease Cancer Collaboration study.

The lifetime risk of developing cancer was one in three for men and one in four for women, the investigators found. Prostate cancer was the most common type of cancer in men (1.6 million cases), and tracheal, bronchus, and lung cancer was the leading cause of cancer mortality in men. Breast cancer was the most common cancer for women (2.4 million cases); it was also the leading cause of cancer mortality in women.

The most common cancers in children were leukemia, other neoplasms, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and brain and nervous system cancers, according to the report.

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