Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide among middle-aged adults. However, deaths from cancer are catching up in high-income countries according to a study recently published in the medical journal The Lancet. Researchers calculated that cancer kills about twice as many people as cardiovascular disease in more developed countries. Globally, cancer could become the leading cause of death in just a few decades, the study said.
As our infographic shows based on data from the American Cancer Society, the most frequently diagnosed types of cancer are breast cancer for women and prostate cancer for men. In 2020, more than 30 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in women will be breast cancer. That number is slightly lower at 21.5 percent for prostate cancer in men. Men in the U.S. suffer from lung cancer – the second most common cancer for both sexes - slightly more than women. They are also diagnosed with colorectal cancers more often. While men more commonly suffer from bladder cancer, women are more susceptible to cancer of the thyroid. In the U.S., men show levels of skin melanoma approximately 50 percent higher than those of women.