Cancer is deadly! The disease affects anyone and everyone, irrespective of whether you are old or young, poor or rich, child or woman! Cancer affects not only the patient, but also mentally and physically causes tremendous burden on the entire family of the affected. Today, cancer is undoubtedly one of the main causes of death across the world.
But did you know that about 30% to 50% of cancers can be prevented by simply choosing a healthy lifestyle. All we need to do is just avoid the consumption of tobacco and also follow public health measures, for instance immunization against infections that lead to cancer. Other forms of the disease can be detected, treat and cured, but only if they are diagnosed at an early stage. With proper palliative care, even late stage cancer patients can find relief in their sufferings. In the year 2019, there has already been some significant statistical data accumulated that throws light on some interesting facts about Cancer. Let’s have a look at some of these newfound facts.
According to a report by the American Cancer Society Journal, there will be almost 1,762,450 new cancer cases diagnosed in the United States alone. There will be almost 606,880 death caused due to cancer in the USA.
According to the reports of WHO, almost 70% of the cancer cases and deaths occur in the lower and medium income countries. According to the fact sheets, Australia has the highest number of cancer cases in the world. It has 468 cases in every 100,000 people. People in Australia suffer most widely from prostate cancer, breast cancer and melanoma cancer. Here is a list of other countries that follow Australia in the list, along with their cancer rate are:
New Zealand : 438.10
Ireland : 373.70
Hungary : 368.10
The United States of America : 352.20
Belgium : 345.80
Almost 1/3rd of the deaths caused from the disease are related to the top 5 causes that include: lower fruit and vegetable intake, higher body mass index, lack or no physical activities, consumption of tobacco and alcohol.
In the year 2018, almost 1 in every 6 deaths across the world was caused due to the deathly disease, cancer. It was the cause of 9.6 million deaths alone in 2018, globally. In the last year alone, the number of cancer cases that were registered are:
Lung Cancer: 2.09 million cases
Breast Cancer : 2.09 million cases
Colorectal Cancer : 1.80 million cases
Prostate Cancer : 1.28 million cases
Skin Cancer : 1.04 million cases
Stomach Cancer : 1.03 million cases
According to the research, the survival rate for all types of cancers has increased in the last 5 years, from a whopping 39% to a huge 70% (in whites) and from 27% to 63% (in blacks) in comparison to the rates in early 1960s. The number of survivors mainly depends on the type of cancer, the stage and time of diagnosis.
Since the year 1975, there is an increase of 0.6% per year in childhood cancer. There will be an estimated 11,060 new cases of cancer diagnosed in children aged between 0 to 14 years of age, only the USA. Also, the number of estimated deaths in children aged between 1 to 14 years in 2019 will be 1,190.