Cancer deaths and breast cancer rates continue to rise sharply

Cancer deaths and breast cancer rates continue to rise sharply

We live under the illusion that cancer death rates are declining but they are not.  They are increasing at dramatic rates and it is the so-called ‘fat cancers’ and ‘lifestyle cancers’ that are increasing the most – still – alongside the growth in obesity.

“Breast cancer is also a leading cause of cancer death in the less developed countries of the world, partly because a shift in lifestyles is causing an increase in incidence…”
David Forman, head of IARC’s Section of Cancer Information, December 2013.

The latest global cancer report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a France-based research arm of the World Health Organisation (WHO), called GLOBOCAN 2012, gives; “the most up-to-date estimates for 28 different types of cancer in 184 countries and offers an overview of the global cancer burden”.

The report said “Worldwide trends show that in developing countries going through rapid societal and economic change, the shift towards lifestyles more typical of richer industrialised countries leads to a rising burden of cancers linked to reproduction, diet and hormones”.

What does the 2012/2013 IRAC/WHO/GLOBOCAN report tell us?

  • There were over 14 million new cancer cases diagnosed in 2012
  • This is up from 12.7 million in 2008
  • The global death toll from cancer rose to 8.2 million in 2012
  • Cancer deaths were up 8% from 7.6 million in 2008
  • IRAC predicts cancer rates will rise to 19.3 million by 2025
  • Sharp rises in breast cancer happened in areas most embracing the Western lifestyles
  • 1.7 million women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 - up by more than 20% since 2008
  • Breast cancer killed 522,000 women in 2012 - up 14% since 2008
  • Breast cancer accounts for one in four of all cancers in women
  • The most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide in men and women combined were lung, breast and colorectal cancers
  • The most common causes of cancer death were lung, liver and stomach cancers

These cancers are what we call ‘lifestyle diseases/cancers or fat cancers’ as the incidences and rates are heavily influenced by diet and lifestyle choices and environments.

As reported by Reuters on December 12, 2013.

Posted: Friday 7 March 2014