Cancer steals more than 150 million years of healthy life every year and rising

Cancer steals more than 150 million years of healthy life every year and rising

Doctor Isabelle Soerjomataram, of the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, and colleagues, have found that nearly 170 million years of healthy life were lost in 2008 because of cancer.

Using population-based data from cancer registries they combined figures to derive disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) lost for 184 countries in 12 world regions.  Soerjomataram said [this research shows] “a higher average premature mortality in lower-income countries and a higher average disability and impairment in higher-income countries”.

Some 65% of the total burden came from lung, liver, breast, stomach, colorectal, cervical, and esophageal cancers, and leukemia, the researchers found.

The sad reality check is that cigarettes, alcohol, meat, poor diet and lifestyle factors are responsible for almost all of these cancers. 

They are preventable.

Study by Soerjomataram I, et al “Global burden of cancer in 2008: a systematic analysis of disability-adjusted life-years in 12 world regions” Lancet 2012; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60919-2.  Also study by Ahmedin J “Global burden of cancer: opportunities for prevention” Lancet 2012; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61688-2.  As reported by MedPage Today on October 15, 2012.

Posted: Monday 10 December 2012

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