Cancer cases, deaths worldwide in 2015: 5 findings

Around 17.5 million cancer cases and 8.7 million deaths occurred around the globe in 2015, according to analysis published in JAMA Oncology.

The report estimated cancer deaths using vital registration system data, cancer registry incidence data and verbal autopsy data.

Here are five findings on cancer incidence in 2015:

1. Cancer cases increased by 33 percent between 2005 and 2015. Population aging and growth as well as changes in age-specific cancer rates contributed to the increase.

2. The odds of developing cancer during a lifetime were 1 in 3 for men and 1 in 4 for women across the globe.

3. Prostate cancer was the most common cancer globally in men; but tracheal, bronchus and lung cancer was the leading cause of cancer deaths for men.

4. Breast cancer was the most common cancer as well as the leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

5. The most common childhood cancers were leukemia, other neoplasms, non-Hodgkin lymphoma as well as brain and nervous system cancers.

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