An estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million cancer deaths occurred in 2012, although incidences of certain cancers, such as lung cancer, are increasing rapidly in less developed countries, according to GLOBOCAN 2012, a research project produced by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to determine worldwide estimates of cancer incidence and mortality.
Interestingly, less developed countries account for only 57% of cases and 65% of cancer deaths worldwide, despite their share of the population surveyed being significantly larger than that of more developed countries.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among males in both more and less developed countries, and among females in more developed countries. Breast cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death among females in less developed countries, although this may change as breast cancer testing becomes more commonplace and more countries adapt Western lifestyle habits, the researchers noted.
Read the full article here: CA Cancer J. Clin. 2015;000:000-000 (doi:10.3322/caac.21262).