Cancer cases rise globally, but death rates falling

30 May 2015

New diagnoses of cancer are increasing in countries around the world, but the number of related fatalities are falling in most nations.

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Oncology, come from the analysis of 28 cancer groups across 188 countries. 

Because of developments in prevention and treatment, the survival rates for many cancers - including childhood leukemia - is improving. There is just one - Hodgkin lymphoma - where the number of new cases dropped across the study period 1990 to 2013. 

During this time, age-standardised death rates for all cancers fell in the majority of countries (126 out of 188).

The 'Global Burden of Cancer 2013' study was conducted by an international consortium of researchers led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

Dr Christina Fitzmaurice, an oncologist, visiting fellow at IHME and lead author of the study, said: "Cancer prevention, screening and treatment programs are costly, and it is very important for countries to know which cancers cause the highest disease burden in order to allocate scarce resources appropriately."

Posted by Phillip Briggs

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