Understanding Cancer

Around the world

  • 9.6 million people died of cancer globally in 2018. That’s more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally.

  • One in 5 men and one in 6 women worldwide develop cancer during their lifetime, and one in 8 men and one in 11 women die from the disease.

  • Worldwide, the total number of people who are alive within 5 years of a cancer diagnosis, called the 5-year prevalence, is estimated to be 43.8 million.

  • The total annual economic cost of cancer is estimated at US$1.16 trillion.

In India

  • 11,57,294 new cancer cases reported in India in 2018.

  • 7,84,821 died of cancer in India in 2018.

  • Estimated number of people living with cancer are 20,25,000