Today is World Cancer Day, a day that aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease. On this day, I thought I would share some U.S. data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.
- 50% is the expected increase in new cases of liver cancer, which is likely the result of the increase in hepatitis infections, particularly among people born between 1945 and 1965.
- 40% is the expected increase for 2020 in weight-related cancers (except for breast and colorectal cancers); this is up from 30%.
- 30% is the expected increase in oral cancers for white men, which is likely the result of more human papillomavirus (HPV) infections.
- 24% is the expected rate of new cancer cases for men in the U.S. between 2010 and 2020; this is equal to more than one million cases per year.
- 21% is the expected rate of new cancer cases for women in the U.S. between 2010 and 2020; this is equal to more than 900,000 cases per year.
- 15.2% is the expected rate of deaths for men between 2007 and 2020.
- 8.1% is the expected rate of deaths for women between 2007 and 2020.
- 18 million cancer survivors are expected by 2020, up from 11.7 million survivors in 2007, because cancer patients overall are living longer.
- 10,000 new lung cancer cases are expected to be found in women each year by 2020.