WHO: BREAST CANCER OVERTAKES LUNG AS MOST COMMON FORM OF DISEASE

Feb 02, 2021

By Bob Komsic

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Breast cancer’s surpassed lung cancer as the most common form of the disease, accounting for almost 12% of new cases every year around the world.
That from the World Health Organization (WHO) ahead of World Cancer Day on Thursday.
Approximately 2.3-million new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2020.
”For the first time, breast cancer now constitutes the most commonly occurring cancer globally,” Andre Ilbawi, a cancer specialist at the WHO.
”Among women, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death worldwide,” according to a statement from the WHO.
Obesity in women was a common risk factor and is behind overall cancer numbers.
As the global population grows and life expectancy increase, cancer’s expected to become more common, rising from 19.3-million last year to some 30-million new cases annually in 2040.
Lung cancer was the most common type for the past two decades but is now in second spot, ahead of colorectal cancer.
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