Cancer causes 8.2 million deaths worldwide in 2013

One in three men and one in five women develop cancer worldwide each year, global cancer survey finds

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

A multinational team of researchers has estimated that there were 14.9 million new cancer cases, 8.2 million deaths, and 196.3 million lost years of healthy life in 2013 worldwide.

The study by the Global Burden of Disease Cancer Collaboration surveyed cancer registries, vital records, verbal autopsy reports and other sources of information on 28 cancer types in 188 countries between 1990 and 2013.

According to the findings, the ratio of cancer related deaths to overall deaths rose to 15 percent in 2013 from 12 percent in 1990. During the same period healthy lives lost due to cancer rose by 29 percent globally.

Prostate cancer, with 1.4 million cases, was the leading type of cancer affecting men in 2013 while breast cancer was the cancer suffered the most by women with 1.8 million cases.

Tracheal, bronchus and lung cancer become the top causes of cancer-related deaths, being responsible for 1.6 million deaths in men and women in 2013.

The top 10 cancers types ranked by highest new cases worldwide
  Incident Cases  Deaths
Tracheal, bronchus, and lung cancer 1.8 million 1.6 million
Breast Cancer 1.8 million 464,000
Colon and Rectum Cancer 1.6 million 771,000
Prostate Cancer 1.4 million 293,000
Stomach Cancer 984,000 841,000
Liver Cancer 792,000 818,000
Cervical Cancer 485,000 236,000
Non-Hodgin Lymphoma 465,000 226,000
Esophageal Cancer 442,000 440,000
Leukemia 414,000 265,000

* Source: JAMA