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Cancer Around the World

November 25, 2013

According to the World Health Organization, cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths (around 13 percent of all deaths) in 2008. Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue rising, with an estimated 13.1 million deaths in 2030.


Lung, stomach, liver, colorectal and breast cancer cause the most cancer deaths each year.

Lung (1.37 million deaths)

Stomach (736,000 deaths)

Liver (695,000 deaths)

Colorectal (608,000 deaths)

Breast (458,000 deaths)