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 (IARC). The figures were collected by Maxwell Parkin of the IARC and published in the monthly journal The Lancet Oncology. The story was reported in The Independent newspaper on 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 incidences of stomach cancer is falling. Lung cancer is the world’s most common 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 a little about cancer because I had Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2001, called Hodgkin’s Disease back then. I’ve been nearly twenty years clear of it, long enough to be confident that it will not return. There are around 250 known cancers and the odds of an individual contracting this disease in their lifetime is as little as 50/50.
It’s a cruel affliction and having had it once you are more susceptible to it again and other diseases in the wake of a weakened immune system . Ever experience is a very real tragedy and I believe the road to recovery starts will a strong mind and the will to live.
Here’s my story and some others sharing their experiences.