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Worldwide Statistics Show Cancer On The Rise In Developing Countries

While cancer in its various forms was once more prevalent in wealthier countries, the demographics are beginning to shift. Research has shown that cancer is now a real health concern in every region on the planet. Worldwide, in fact, there were an estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases diagnosed in 2012. All told, an estimated 8.2 million people worldwide died from cancer in that year alone. The numbers, researchers say, are showing no real signs of slowing down. Shifts are being noted, however, in where cases are being reported. Researchers noted a greater frequency of cases now being found in the world’s poorer countries whereas cancer rates are on the decline in higher-income nations.

A recent analysis of the worldwide cancer frequency also showed some interesting trends in regard to the types of cancer being diagnosed in different parts of the world. Breast cancer, for example, is one of the most common forms found in females in most nations across the globe. Cervical cancer, however, is the most common in some regions. Prostate cancer dominates in North and South America in the male population. It is also found in high numbers in Australia and some parts of Africa. Lung and stomach cancer top the charts in such places as Russia and northern Africa.

The rise in cancer cases in developing countries may be curbed, researchers say, by introducing aggressive preventative programs. Education related to healthy eating, the importance of vaccinations, healthy lifestyles and tobacco cessation may all make a difference. Suffering in lower wealth regions, the researchers noted, could be reduced by introducing more palliative care and treatment into these regions.

Cancer is no longer a concern for just the world’s wealthiest countries. The incident rate might be dropping in Europe and North America, but it is on the rise elsewhere. Everyone can do their part to lower the numbers by undergoing routine screenings, as appropriate, making healthy lifestyle choices and learning more about their personal cancer risks.

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