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Study shows almost 15 million new cases of cancer worldwide

A radiologist uses a magnifying glass to check mammograms for breast cancer
A radiologist uses a magnifying glass to check mammograms for breast cancer (Damian Dovarganes, Associated Press)

There were 14.9 million new cases of cancer worldwide, 8.2 million deaths and 196.3 million years of health life lost in 2013, according to a new count from a group of researchers working to measure the cancer's reach.

The researchers, including those at the Center for Global Health in the National Cancer Institute in Rockville and the University of Washington, said their aim was to produce data that could help guide research and intervention programs.

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The findings about 28 kinds of cancers in 188 countries were culled from vital records, cancer registries, autopsies and other sources. They were published by the Global Burden of Disease Cancer Collaboration online May 28 in JAMA Oncology.

The results showed that cancer as a proportion of all deaths increased to 15 percent in 2013 from 12 percent in 1990.

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One in three men and one in five women were likely to be diagnosed with cancer before age 79 and lung cancer caused the most cancer death. It also caused the loss of most healthy years for men, while breast cancer caused the most loss in women.

The findings aren't far off from the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, which found 14.1 million new cancer cases in 2012, 8.2 million cancer deaths and 32.6 million people living with cancer within 5 years of diagnosis.

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