Women’s cancer rates rising faster than men’s

Anne Li                                       2/3/17


Cancer rates will climb nearly six times faster in women than in men over the next 20 years, according to the latest figures released today by Cancer Research UK, ahead of World Cancer Day. It is projected that UK cancer rates will increase by around half a per cent for men and by around three per cent for women. This will mean that by 2035 an estimated 4.5 million women and 4.8 million men will be diagnosed with cancer in the 20 year period. Smoking and obesity are part of the reason for the faster rising rates for women as several of the obesity-related cancer types only affect women. Widespread smoking among women happened later than men and smoking continues to have a big effect on the number of cancer cases diagnosed each year. The latest figures also show the global burden of cancer has reached an estimated 7.4 million men and an estimated 6.7 million women being diagnosed worldwide each year. Cancer is the leading cause of death in the world accounting for an estimated 8.2 million deaths in 2012 and around 15 per cent of all deaths.


See original article at: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/2017-02-03-womens-cancer-rates-rising-faster-than-mens


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