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Posted by Stacy Tsai on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 00:47 | Cancer Statistics

GapMinder is a nonprofit based out of Sweden and was acquired by Google recently. Its main spokes person has been Professor Hans Rosling who has been able to demonstrate the beauty of GapMinder in looking at statistics to tell us about the past, present and future.

Although some of the data can be sparse, we wanted to take a minute and compare the GDP (wealth) of a country to the cancer deaths per 100,000 women. We looked at five cancers: cervical, breast, colon/rectum, liver and lung.

Quick analysis: the interesting part is that you can  see which diseases have a higher burden in different parts of the world. Cervical cancer appears to have a greater death rate in developing countries (here an HPV vaccine would be most beneficial). Then you have diseases such as breast and lung cancer which has similar death rates across all countries. Finally, you have diseases such as colon, rectum and lung cancers which appear to affect more developed countries.

Hope you enjoy-

Yellow = Americas (large bubble is the US)

Dark blue = Africa

Green = Middle East & North Africa

Orange = Eurasia

Red = Southeast Asia & Australia (large bubble is China)

Light Blue = South Asia (large bubble is India)

*size of the bubble represents country population

Cervical Cancer

According to GLOBOCAN 2002, an international World Health Organization database, there were 381,033 cases of cervical cancer world wide per year.

 

Breast Cancer

According to GLOBOCAN, there were 1,060,042 cases of breast cancer world wide per year.

Liver

According to GLOBOCAN, there were 46,521 cancer of liver cancer world wide per year.

Colon & Rectum

According to GLOBOCAN, there were 36,2911 cancer of colon and rectum cancer world wide per year.

Lung

According to GLOBOCAN, there were 162,377 cases of lung cancer world wide per year.

By Ali Ansary

Originally posted in March 2010.

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