Global Cancer Statistics

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Jemal A, Bray F, Center MM, et al. Global cancer statistics. CA Cancer J Clin. 2011 Mar-Apr;61(2):69-90. PubMed PMID: 21296855. [Free full text via PubMed Central.]

Investigators from the American Cancer Society and the International Agency for Research on Cancer review the global burden of cancer, determining that cancer prevalence “continues to increase largely because of the aging and growth of the world population alongside an increasing adoption of cancer-causing behaviors, particularly smoking, in economically developing countries.”

They conclude:

“Cancer survival tends to be poorer in developing countries, most likely because of a combination of a late stage at diagnosis and limited access to timely and standard treatment. A substantial proportion of the worldwide burden of cancer could be prevented through the application of existing cancer control knowledge and by implementing programs for tobacco control, vaccination (for liver and cervical cancers), and early detection and treatment, as well as public health campaigns promoting physical activity and a healthier dietary intake.”

A useful benchmark.

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