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Breast cancer is the most common in the world


The World Health Organization (WHO) first announced breast cancer as the most common cancer, accounting for nearly 12% of new cases each year.

“For the first time, breast cancer has become the most recognized cancer in the world,” said Andre Ilbawi, a WHO cancer specialist on World Cancer Day on January 28. Previously, lung cancer took the lead for two decades, now ranked second. Third place is colorectal cancer.

According to WHO, it is estimated that there will be 2.3 million cases of breast cancer in 2020, accounting for 11.7% of cancer cases. In women, it is the most diagnosed cancer, the leading cause of death compared to other types of cancer.

The WHO Building in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: Reuters.

Female obesity is one of the most common factors that can lead to breast cancer and affect the number of cases, Mr. Ilbawi said. As the world population and life expectancy increase, the number of cancer cases will also increase, forecast to increase from 19.3 million in 2020 to 30 million by 2040. WHO warns among causes of death. In cancer patients, tobacco, alcohol, eating less vegetables, fruits, and physical inactivity account for one third.

In addition, Mr. Ilbawi said the Covid-19 epidemic had disrupted cancer treatment in half of the surveyed countries. This leads to late diagnosis, pressure medical staff and affected research.

Mai Dung (According to the Reuters)

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