Rate of Cancer Highest in North America: Study
NEW YORK (Reuters Health)
North America leads the world in the
rate of cancers diagnosed in adults, followed closely by Western
Europe and Australia and New Zealand, according to a recent estimate
of worldwide cancer rates.
The study found that 1.5% of the North
American population aged 15 years and older--more than 3 million
people--had been diagnosed with at least one of 25 different
cancers within the past 5 years. The results only include individuals
diagnosed in the past 5 years because people who live longer
are considered to be cured, researchers explain in the January
issue of the International Journal of Cancer.
About 1.2% of the
population of Western Europe, or nearly 4 million people, had
been diagnosed with cancer between 1986 and 1990, while just
over 1% of the population of Australia and New Zealand--about
200,000 people--had been diagnosed over the same period.
was next in line with 1% of the population diagnosed with cancer
within the past 5 years, followed by Eastern Europe with 0.7%
of adults living with cancer, and Latin America and the Caribbean
countries with 0.4% of the population diagnosed with cancer,
according to the report.
The researchers suggest that higher cancer
rates in nations with higher income reflect longer life expectancies
in older adults, who are more susceptible to cancer.
01/03/2002; Reuters Health
Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, 2003
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