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There are more than 100types of cancers; anypart of the body can beaffected.
In 2008, 7.6 millionpeople died of cancer -13% of all deathsworldwide.
About 70% of all cancerdeaths occur in low-and middle-incomecountries.
Worldwide, the 5 mostcommon types ofcancer that kill men are(in order of frequency):lung, stomach, liver, colorectal andoesophagus.
Worldwide, the 5 mostcommon types ofcancer that kill womenare (in the order offrequency):breast, lung, stomach, colorectal and cervical.
Tobacco use is thesingle largestpreventable cause ofcancer in the world.
One fifth of all cancersworldwide are causedby a chronicinfection, for examplehuman papillomavirus(HPV) causes cervicalcancer and hepatitis Bvirus (HBV) causes livercancer.
More than 30% ofcancers could be curedif detected early andtreated adequately.
All patients in need ofpain relief could behelped if currentknowledge about paincontrol and palliativecare were applied.
Cancer is the numberone killer of children bydisease. It is the secondleading cause of allchildhood deathsexceeded only byaccidents
One in 330 childrenwill develop cancerbefore the age of 20
Most adult cancersresult from lifestylefactors such assmoking, diet, occupation, and exposure tocancer-causing agents.The cause of mostchildhood cancers inunknown.
Each year, about 3,000children die from cancer- more than fromasthma, diabetes, cysticfibrosis, congenitalanomalies, and pediatricAIDS combined
Approximately 70% ofchildren with cancerparticipate in researchtrials compared to only3% of adult cancerpatients. As aresult, many of theadvances in adultcancer treatments aredue to breakthroughs inchildhood cancerresearch.
In mostcases, however, childhood cancers arise fromnoninherited mutations(or changes) in thegenes of growing cells.Because these errorsoccur randomly andunpredictably, theresno effective way toprevent them.
Sometimes, a doctormight spot earlysymptoms of cancer atregular checkups