The Global Burden of Cancer 2013

Date: May 29, 2015

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Estimating the global burden of cancer in 2013; 14.9 million new cases worldwide

An international consortium of researchers led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, in its recently released data, has said that the incidence of cancer has grown over the last decade in India although the rate of mortality has fallen. The study is named “The Global Burden of Cancer 2013”. The team analysed 28 cancer groups in 188 countries.

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Key Findings

 1-In 2013 there were 14.9 million incident cancer cases, 8.2 million deaths, and 196.3 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs).

 2-Prostate cancer was the leading cause for cancer incidence (1.4 million) for men and breast cancer for women (1.8 million).

 3- Tracheal, bronchus, and lung (TBL) cancer was the leading cause for cancer death in men and women, with 1.6 million deaths. For men, TBL cancer was the leading cause of DALYs (24.9 million). For women, breast cancer was the leading cause of DALYs (13.1 million). 

4- Globally, the incidence of cancer is rising, but even as it has become the second leading cause of death, mortality is falling with better detection and treatment across countries.
 5-India has a lower incidence of cancer than the global average, with just half the number of new cases recorded every year per capita than the global average.
However, the incidence has grown from over 700 new cases per million population to nearly 1,000 new cases per million people, the numbers show. Simultaneously, the death rate has declined.
The number of new mouth cancer cases in India more than doubled between 1990 and 2013 from 55,480 to 127,168.