ACS Releases Global Cancer Statistics

April 10, 2024
The American Cancer Society’s new report found that 20 million cancer cases were diagnosed in 2022

On April 7, the American Cancer Society (ACS) released Global Cancer Statistics, 2024, the organization’s report on global cancer facts and trends. The report found that 20 million cancer cases were newly diagnosed in 2022 and a total of 9.7 million individuals died from cancer worldwide. By 2050, the number of cases is estimated to reach 35 million.

The report, according to a press release, is authored by ACS researchers and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, along with a consumer-friendly companion publication, Global Cancer Facts & Figures 5th Edition. The studies rely on the worldwide estimates of cancer incidence and mortality produced by the IARC, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Some key highlights from the report include:

  • Every day in 2022, approximately 1,800 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and almost 1,000 women died from the disease worldwide.
  • Globally, 15% of eligible girls have received the vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV), with coverage varying from 1% in Central and Southern Asia to 86% in Australia and New Zealand.
  • 36% of women worldwide have undergone screening for cervical cancer with substantial disparities across countries.
  • For example, breast cancer mortality rate is twice as high in Ethiopia than in the United States (24 versus 12 per 100,000), despite a 60% lower incidence rate in Ethiopia (40 versus 100 per 100,000).
  • Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death overall and in men worldwide, with almost 2.5 million cases (1 in 8 cancers) and 1.8 million deaths (1 in 5 deaths.)

ACS has the report.

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