Cancer has 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million deaths on its evil card for the year 2018, concludes researches. Looking at the future cards, it could be witnessed that the deadly disease will become the #1 cause of deaths by the end of the century. Having said that, it will be the one and only hurdle that will make increased life expectancy just a dream. The information has come out straight from World’s Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.
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What’s On The Numbers Scale?
The data has been prepared after conducting studies on 185 countries, examining every place in the body where cancer is possible and analyzing closely the 36 different types it has. According to the data, 1 amongst every 5 men and 1 amongst every 6 women will develop the disease in the course of their life. Moreover, 1 in 5 men and 1 in 11 women will lose their life. Talking about the reasons behind the serial killer, they include:
- Alcohol consumption
- Disturbed lifestyle
- Lack of exercise
- Unhealthy food
Variation By Region
This may sound out of the box to many but the possibility of getting cancer depends on the geographical location. Half of the new cases and more than half of the deaths are expected in Asia, which covers 60% of world’s population. Talking about the United States, 21% incidences and 14.5% deaths have been predicted, which sounds terrible because the country is home to only 13.3% of world’s population. Moving on to Europe, it accounts for 23.4% cases; whereas, 20.3% deaths and constitutes 9% of world’s population. Reports have found that efforts to prevent cancer seem working. Nations spreading public awareness campaigns as well as laws to motivate people to quit smoking have shown good results in terms of reducing lung cancer in North America and North Europe. Moreover, there has been decline in cervical cancer cases too, all thanks to continuous efforts. Countries blessed with strong economies are successful in bringing down the number of cancers that happens due to poverty, unhealthy life and infections.
The 5 Most Deadly Ones
Okay, so the major types include lung, breast and colorectal cancers. 1.8 million deaths are alone foreseen for lung cancer, which stands for 18.4% of total deaths from the disease this very year. Colorectal constitutes of 881,000 deaths and comes as second major type; whereas, breast cancer comprises of 627,000 deaths and counts for fifth major type. On the third place is stomach cancer with 783,000 deaths and liver cancer being the fourth type will lead to 782,000 deaths in 2018.
Men Vs Women
Men are 20% more at risk than women to develop cancer. As far as deaths are concerned, the rate is 50% higher in men. In the year 2018, lung cancer is the most prevailing form and is estimated to effect 14.5% men, whereas, 8.4% women. Moreover, male population is under the threat of other cancers in the order:
Looking at the female population, breast cancer is the most common to be diagnosed. Among the 185 countries, 154 of countries have one in four new cases that are diagnosed. Though it is possible to be treated if caught early, it is still the major cause of death in women followed by:
Cancer In Children
2018 will see approximately 10,590 children below 15 years falling prey to the disease in the United States. During the last few decades, there’s been slight increase in the number of childhood cancer. Looking at the number of deaths possible, about 1,180 children younger than 15 years are expected to lose the battle and die.
Being Responsible Is Helpful
Preventing cancer isn’t possible is a harsh truth but it can be avoided with efforts. According to researchers, up to 40% of new cancer cases are possible to be avoided by limiting exposure to behavioral and environmental risk factors like alcohol and smoking. Other lifestyle tips to follow include:
- Keeping a check on weight
- Exercising regularly
- Avoiding eating excess red meat
- Keeping away from fast food
- Staying safe from too much sun exposure
- Regular cancer screenings
The graph for 2018 can’t be taken lightly, as this attitude will only increase the number of cases in the coming years. While health experts are trying to help humanity, you can help yourselves by being a bit more careful towards your routine and not turning a deaf ear to health.
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