The following are quotations from different articles produced by Cancer Research UK, The Guardian and MacMillan Cancer Support:
“Anyone can develop cancer, however, the risk of getting it increases with age. Most cases occur in middle-aged adults or older. About 77% of all cancers are diagnosed in people 55-years or older.”
“Cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases in 2021.”
“The number of new cases is expected to rise by about 70% over the next 2 decades.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer.”
“Approximately 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries.
The economic impact of cancer is significant and is increasing. The total annual economic cost of cancer in 2010 was estimated at approximately US$ 1.16 trillion.”
“Cancer Statistics for the UK
356,860 New cases of cancer, 2014, UK
163,444 Deaths from cancer, 2014, UK
50 % Survive cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales
42 % Preventable cases of cancer, UK”
“It is projected that UK cancer rates will increase by around half a per cent for men and by around three per cent for women.* This will mean that by 2035 an estimated 4.5 million women and 4.8 million men will be diagnosed with cancer in the 20 year period. (Feb. 2017)”
“The latest figures also show the global burden of cancer has reached an estimated 7.4 million men and an estimated 6.7 million women being diagnosed worldwide each year.(Feb. 2017)”
“The latest figures show that more than 8 million people die from cancer each year across the world. More people die from cancer than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis put together. With more investment into research, we hope to make big improvements over the next 20 years in diagnosing the disease earlier and improving and developing treatments so that by 2034, three in four people will survive their disease.”(Feb. 2017)
How can companies, institutions, governments and individuals prepare for dealing appropriately with the expected increase in cancer?
- Cancer Research UK. (different dates) Available on line at: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/ http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/2017-02-03-womens-cancer-rates-rising-faster-than-mens
- The Guardian. (2013) Living with Cancer. Available on line at: https://www.theguardian.com/society/series/living-with-cancer
- MacMillan (2013). Annual Report. Available on line at: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/documents/aboutus/raiseandspend/annualreviews/annualreport2013.pdf