IARC release GLOBOCAN 2012: Global cancer burden rises to 14.1 million new cases in 2012 and marked increase in breast cancers must be addressed

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, today released the latest data on cancer incidence, mortality, and prevalence worldwide.

The new version of IARC’s online database, GLOBOCAN 2012, provides the most recent estimates for 28 types of cancer in 184 countries worldwide and offers a comprehensive overview of the global cancer burden. The National Cancer Registry contributes data to the GLOBOCAN project, and uses the GLOBOCAN data in projects such as the Cancer Atlas.

GLOBOCAN 2012 reveals striking patterns of cancer in women and highlights that priority should be given to cancer prevention and control measures for breast and cervical cancers globally.

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