The State of Global Cancer
The first time an attempt was made to assess the global cancer burden since 1990, was done in France by The International Agency for Research on Cancer. The figures were collected by Maxwell Parkin of IARC and published in the monthly journal The Lancet Oncology. The story was reported in The Independent newspaper of 1 September 2001.
The study found that in 2000 there were 10 million new cases of cancer reported around the world and that 6 million people died from the disease between 2000 and 2001. It concluded that the global burden of the disease had increased by 22% since 1990 and was predicted to increase by 50% over the next two decades.
Cancers in some parts of the world were falling and rising in other parts. Globally, breast and prostate cancers were increasing but incidence of stomach cancer was falling. Lung cancer is the world’s commonest malignant disease and was rising sharply in southern and eastern Europe, but declining in northern and western Europe and the United States.
According to Cancer Research UK, one in two people in the UK will get cancer in their lifetime. According to the American Cancer Society, Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US and accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. The World Health Organisation estimates that worldwide there were 14 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths in 2012 (their most recent data).
Yes, the author of this website does understand something about cancer because he had it in 2001. It’s been sixteen years in the clear, long enough to resign oneself to the belief that it was 100% defeated. But of course when cancer strikes it doesn’t care whether you already have had it, it’s a cruel disease and having had it once, makes you more susceptible to it again. Experiences differ, so here’s my story and others sharing their experiences.