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Global Cancer Cases And Deaths Expected To Increase This Year

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Global Cancer Cases And Deaths Expected To Increase This Year
About four million more cancer cases and one million more cancer deaths are expected this year, according to a new report.
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The number of people expected to get cancer worldwide this year just increased. 

According to a new report by the World Health Organization, the global cancer burden increased to about 18 million new cases and nearly 10 million deaths in 2018. That's about four million more cases and one million more deaths than previous estimates.  

Researchers say there are several reasons why, including growing and aging populations. 

Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide and is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men. For women it's breast cancer, which will account for one in four of all new cancer cases diagnosed in women this year. 

A top World Health Organization official says “efficient prevention and early detection policies" are urgently needed to control this devastating disease. 

Additional reporting for this story provided by Newsy affiliate CNN.