20,000 People Die of Cancer Every Day

  1. According to a study made public on Monday by the American Cancer Society, cancer accounts for 7.6 million victims this year or in other words, 20,000 people die of cancer every day. The predictions for this year go even further and estimate 12 million victims (based on data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer), most of which come from developing countries.
    Responsible for the ongoing spread of cancer are smoking and fat diets, unhealthy habits that people seem to often embrace these days. According to the report, deaths caused by cancer are more frequent in developing countries, with 6.7 million cases and 4.7 million deaths, as opposed to the developed countries, where from a total of 5.4 million cases, 2.9 million will die.
    Source: http://www.efluxmedia.com/news_20000...AMC_11915.html
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   oncnursemsn
    As an oncology nurse and teacher, I knew a lot of people succumb to cancer in our country, had no idea it was 20,000 a *day*. I believe that up to 70% of cancers could be prevented (in adults) by simply changing our life styles. You're absolutely correct that poor diets, smoking, lack of physical activity and probably alcohol contribute to the development of the majority of cancers. But in our technologically focussed society, lifestyle changes aren't sexy, popular and exciting. They're boring and dull, and we in the US don't go for the mundane. Prevention isn't nearly as exciting as a bone marrow transplant. I like your quote by Krugman.
  4. by   Jolie
    Quote from oncnursemsn
    As an oncology nurse and teacher, I knew a lot of people succumb to cancer in our country, had no idea it was 20,000 a *day*.
    I believe this statistic refers to the number of deaths per day world-wide.
  5. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from Jolie
    I believe this statistic refers to the number of deaths per day world-wide.
    Still a lot!
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Jolie
    I believe this statistic refers to the number of deaths per day world-wide.
    Ah, statistics . . . .

    steph

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