Overview of the Global Cancer and Tobacco Burden, and Our Global Programs

The Growing Global Cancer and Tobacco Crisis

Cancer is rapidly becoming a global pandemic, with incidence and death rates rising in low- and middle-income countries. In 2007, there were an estimated 12 million new cancer cases and 7.6 million cancer deaths globally. By 2050, the global cancer burden is expected to grow to 27 million new cancer cases and 17.5 million cancer deaths per year. Cancer is killing more people in the developing world than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. In fact, 70 percent of all cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, and cancer has already surpassed infectious disease as the leading cause of death in many of these countries. Moreover, one-third of these cancers are preventable, and an additional one-third of cancers can be detected and treated while there is still hope.

For more information on the global cancer crisis, including data related to global cancer and tobacco control issues, click on the following title link to find the download page for the American Cancer Society publication Global Cancer Facts & Figures 2007. Click on the "Download Now" button on that page to download the complete PDF file for this publication.

How the American Cancer Society Fights Cancer Globally 

As a leader in the global cancer control movement, the American Cancer Society fights cancer and tobacco through cancer advocacy and tobacco control programs. We work in partnership with cancer and tobacco control nongovernmental organizations, international organizations, and government agencies throughout the world. More than 50 percent of cancer cases and 70 percent of cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Our efforts cut across all regions, but special emphasis is placed on programs in sub-Saharan Africa.