Cancer deaths estimated at 9.6 million this year as populations age

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Cancer will claim the lives of 9.6 million people in 2018, accounting for one in eight of all deaths among men and one in 11 among women, the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency said on Wednesday.

In a report detailing prevalence and death rates from many different types of cancer, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said the global cancer burden would rise to an estimated 18.1 million new cases this year. This was up from 14.1 million — and 8.2 million deaths — in 2012, when the last global cancer survey was published.

The agency said the rising cancer burden — characterized as the number of new cases, the prevalence, and the number of deaths — was due to several factors, including social and economic development and growing and aging populations.