cancer

How we Die: Cancer. Which cancers kill the most?

Which cancers kill the most?

Which cancers kill the most?

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in developed countries; the first being heart disease. In 2007, cancer accounted for 24% of deaths in England: 110,400 deaths out of the total 470,700. 

Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade other tissues and organs in our body. Cancer is the general name given to a group of diseases. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Most cancers are named for the organ or type of cell in which they start - for example, cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancer; cancer that begins in melanocytes of the skin is called melanoma. 

In this infographic we highlight the cancers that kill the most number of people.

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How and When We Die - Death Rates from the Major Diseases of Aging

Death rates from the major diseases of aging: The y-axis shows the number of deaths from a particular disease per 100,000 people, and the x-axis indicates the age of death.

Death rates from the major diseases of aging: The y-axis shows the number of deaths from a particular disease per 100,000 people, and the x-axis indicates the age of death.

The five most prevalent cause of death are cancer, heart disease, diabetes, alzheimer's and lung disorders. Society currently funds extensive biomedical research trying to mitigate each of these diseases without much success. Unfortunately, we forget that these diseases have a common cause, and that cause is aging. As we grow older, our bodies accumulate damage that leads to the various diseases of aging.

The graph above clearly highlights the steep increase in mortality from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, alzheimer's and lung disorders as we get older. Therefore, we must preventatively tackle our bodies’ overall decline from aging and not wait to treat one disease at a time.