Cancer has tolled about 9.6 million deaths worldwide in 2018 (WHO Factsheet of Cancer). The most common causes of cancer death are cancers of:

Lung (1.76 million deaths)

Colorectal (862 000 deaths)

Stomach (783 000 deaths)

Liver (782 000 deaths)

Breast (627 000 deaths)

Key facts of cancer

Worldwide scenario:

  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death. Every year around 9.6 million deaths are reported.
  • Prostate, lung and colorectal cancers are the most prevalent in men.
  • The most common cancers diagnosed in women are breast, lung and colorectal cancers.
  • 70% deaths in low- and middle- income countries occur from cancer.
  • Viral infections account for about 25% cases whereas; approx. 33.33% deaths are due to behavioral and dietary habits.

Scenario in Bangladesh:

  • 0.15 million new cases and 0.12 million deaths have been reported in 2018.
  • Top most frequent cancers in both sex are- oesophagus (13.9%), lip & oral cavity (8.9%), breast (8.5%), lung (8.2%), and that of cervix uteri (5.4%).
  • There is a risk of 11.4% for developing cancer and 8.6% for death before age 75.

Source: Globocan 2018

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