10% Indians to develop cancer, 1 in 15 will die of disease:WHO

News:The World Health Organization(WHO) has released a report on World Cancer Day.


About the report:

  • The report aims to set the global agenda on cancer, mobilise stakeholders and help countries set priorities for investing in cancer control and universal health coverage.

Report on India:

  • One in 10 Indians will develop cancer during their lifetime and one in 15 Indians will die of cancer.
  • There were an estimated 1.16 million new cancer cases, 7.8 lakh cancer deaths and 2.26 million 5-year prevalent cases in India in 2018.
  • The six most common cancer types in India are breast cancer, oral cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer and colorectal cancer.Together,these account for 49% of all new cancer cases.

Additional information:

About World Cancer Day:

  • The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) organizes World Cancer Day on February 4 every year since 2000.
  • The primary goal of the day is to prominently reduce illness and death caused by cancer.
  • Theme for 2020:’I am and I will’.This theme has been proposed for the next three years.

About the Union for International Cancer Control:

  • The Union for International Cancer Control is a membership based, non-governmental organization that exists to help the global health community accelerate the fight against cancer. 
  • It was founded in 1933 and is based in Geneva, Switzerland.