Nearly 10 million people will die of cancer—the world’s fastest growing killer—this year, according to new incidence and mortality estimates released by the UN International Agency for Research on Cancer.
- Population growth, aging and economic development drive the increased cancer burden.
- Asia, home to 60% of the world’s population, accounts for over 50% of cancer deaths.
- Deaths in Asia and Africa outnumber incidence due to persistence of particularly lethal cancers and belated diagnoses.
“These new figures highlight that much remains to be done to address the alarming rise in the cancer burden globally and that prevention has a key role to play,” said IARC director Christopher Wild.
Agence France Presse