Facts and Figures

Published Oct 4, 2018 at 4:00pm

As prevalent as cancer is, some facts and figures may still surprise you.

8.8 million: The number of people, according to the World Health Organization, who died from cancer in 2015, making it the second leading cause of death across the globe.

70: Percentage of cancer deaths that occur in low- and middle-income countries. (Source: WHO)

22: Percentage of cancer deaths across the globe that can be traced to tobacco use. (Source: Global Burden of Disease Study 2015)

90: Percentage of high-income countries in which treatment services are available to citizens afflicted with cancer. (Source: WHO)

30: Percentage of low-income countries in which treatment services are available to citizens afflicted with cancer. (Source: WHO)

25: Percentage of cancer cases in low- and middle-income countries caused by infections such as hepatitis and the human papilloma virus, or HPV. (Source: WHO). 

12: Percentage of cancers worldwide linked to viruses. (Source: National Toxicology Program, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)

1.69 million: The number of deaths attributed to lung cancer across the globe in the world. Liver cancer (788,00 deaths), colorectal cancer (774,000), stomach cancer (754,000), and breast cancer (571,000) were the other most common causes of cancer deaths in 2015. (Source: WHO)

1.16 trillion: Economic cost, in American dollars, of cancer in 2010. (Source: International Agency for Research on Cancer)

33: Percentage of cancer deaths that can be linked to five leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol consumption. (Source: WHO)