Cancer will be the world biggest killer

Cancer will be the world biggest killer

Cancer now kills twice as many people as heart disease in wealthy countries, Reuters reports.


These are the main conclusions of 2  large findings, published in The Lancet medical journal.


Cancer has already overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in wealthy countries. 


Cancer - now second killer globally


Our report found cancer to be the second most common cause of death globally in 2017, accounting for 26% of all deaths. But as (heart disease) rates continue to fall, cancer could likely become the leading cause of death worldwide, within just a few decades,” said Gilles Dagenais, a professor at Quebec’s Laval University in Canada who co-led the work.


Modifiable risks of cardiovascular disease


Around 70% of all cardiovascular cases and deaths are due to modifiable risks such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diet, smoking and other lifestyle factors.


In high-income countries, common treatment with cholesterol-lowering statins and blood-pressure medicines have helped bring rates of heart disease down dramatically in the past few decades.


New global epidemiologic transition


 Scientists said they showed evidence of a new global “epidemiologic transition” between different types of chronic disease. While cardiovascular disease remains, for now, the leading cause of mortality worldwide among middle-aged adults - accounting for 40% of all deaths - that is no longer the case in high-income countries,