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.
|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|
* Source: JAMA