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Cancer on the Rise in Developing Countries: Report
Date:2/4/2011

es already were in 2008 (12.7 million new cancer cases and 7.6 million cancer deaths), those numbers are expected to almost double by 2030 as the world's population both grows and ages.

In economically developed nations, as of 2008, prostate, lung and colorectal cancers are the most prevalent among men, while breast, colorectal and lung cancers are the most common among women.

By contrast, in developing countries, the biggest risk for men appears to be lung, stomach and liver cancers, with breast, cervical and lung cancers the primary cancer threats for women.

The authors also noted that while just 10 percent of all cancers in the economically developed world are a function of infection, that figure rises to one-quarter of all cancers in the economically developing world.

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For the more information on cancer causes and risks, visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

-- Alan Mozes

SOURCE: American Cancer Society, news release, Feb. 4, 2011


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