Cancer Risk and Mortality Rates in India Compared to US and Canada

The risk of developing cancer before the age of 75 in India is significantly lower than in the US and Canada, with a likelihood of 10.6% compared to 34.3% and 32.2% respectively. However, the risk of death from cancer in India is equally concerning, standing at 7.2% for individuals under 75 years, only slightly lower than the rates in the US and Canada at 8.8%. These statistics were revealed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in anticipation of World Cancer Day.

The head of Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Dr. Cary Adams, highlighted the disparities in cancer treatment outcomes, emphasizing that where someone lives should not determine whether they live. Dr. Adams stressed the importance of prioritizing cancer care and ensuring access to affordable, quality services, stating that this is not just a resource issue but a matter of political will.

The IARC has projected a significant increase in new cancer cases, with over 35 million expected in 2050, emphasizing the urgency of addressing and improving cancer care and treatment globally.


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