Worldwide cancer statistics
- An estimated 12.7 million new cancer cases were diagnosed worldwide in 2008.
- Lung, female breast, colorectal and stomach cancers were the most commonly diagnosed cancers, accounting for more than 40% of all cases.
- Worldwide, an estimated 7.6 million deaths from cancer occurred in 2008.
- Lung, stomach, liver, colorectal and female breast cancers were the most common causes, accounting for more than half of all cancer deaths.
The incidence and mortality statistics presented here for cancers worldwide were taken from the International Agency for Research on Cancer GLOBOCAN database (version 1.2), which presents estimates for 2008.
Incidence and mortality statistics for lip and oral cavity cancer, malignant melanoma and Kaposi sarcoma.
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