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American Cancer Society // Infographics // 2018

Rising Global Cancer Epidemic

Every year, nearly 9 million people worldwide die from cancer. Many of these deaths could be avoided with increased governmental support and funding for prevention, detection, and treatment programs. Urgent action is needed to raise awareness about cancer, dispel myths and misconceptions, and develop practical strategies to address the disease.

The Global Burden

Annual Deaths

In 2015, 71% of all deaths worldwide were due to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and cancer. 16% of all deaths worldwide, 8.9 million people, were due to cancer alone. The number of deaths worldwide from cancer dwarfs the number of global deaths from malaria and HIV/AIDS; it is projected to reach 13 million by 2030.

New Cases & Their Cost

In 2010, new cases of cancer totaled 13.2 million, costing $290 billion worldwide. These numbers are projected to rise to 21.6 million new cancer cases in 2030. That’s comparable to every person in Australia getting cancer every year. Projected cancer-related health care costs skyrocket to $458 billion and costs to implement strategies to address common cancer risk factors in low- to middle-income countries will likely reach $2 billion per year by 2030.

Burden On The Developing World

New Cancer Cases

In 2015, there were 6.4 million new cancer cases in developed countries, compared to 8.7 million new cancer cases in developing countries. The number of new cases in developing countries is predicted to rise to 13.1 million by 2030.

Inequities In Pain Treatment

83% of the morphine used globally is administered in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Italy alone, leaving just 17% for the rest of the world.

Statistics show that 99.9% of cancer patients in developing countries are dying with untreated pain.

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Insufficient Funding Despite Data

In 2016, the Development Assistance for Health was $37.6 billion, yet only 2% of that amount, or $640 million, was allocated for NCDs.

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