Updated: Oct 17, 2018
As we near the fourth quarter of 2018, statistics just released are showing an alarming upward trend in cancer cases and deaths.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) there will be 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million people will die with the disease this year (2018) worldwide, a report predicts.
The rise, from 14.1 million cases and 8.2 million deaths in 2012, is partly due to a growing and ageing population.
The IARC provides regular views of the scale of cancer around the world, looking closely at 36 different cancers in 185 countries.
The latest report suggests lung cancer, female breast cancer, and bowel cancer are responsible for a third of all cancer cases and deaths worldwide. Lung cancer is now the leading cause of cancer death in women in 28 countries.
Cancer Research UK has reported that tobacco is the single biggest reason why more women across the world are getting lung cancer than ever before. "In the UK smoking among women became more prolific later than it did for men, so it's not surprising that we're seeing increasing lung cancer rates now”.
"Similarly, cigarettes are now increasingly popular among women in low and middle income countries and the tobacco industry's aggressive marketing to them is influencing this."
The results highlight the need to continue to put in place targeted and effective tobacco control policies in every country in the world.
I would have liked to see effective tobacco control policies in place. Very small steps have been taken to try influencing smokers to quit: price rise, vapers - but none have been successful. People are now 'smoking' their e-cigarettes, not as a transition giving up smoking but as a replacement.
I do wonder what is wrong with people - they KNOW the damage that can be done; they SEE the evidence every day and yet they make no change.
I don't enjoy being the bearer of doom and gloom! I want to educate, inform and show that there is a way out of this downward spiral. There is a way out and in Part 2, we have a look at ways to change our lives, as I did when creating 3 Steps Against Cancers' program whilst undergoing treatment, for myself, my 'chemo group' and as many people as I can reach.