The U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is joining with other organizations around the world Saturday in supporting World Cancer Day to promote ways to reduce the burden of cancer.
Each year globally, 12.7 million people learn they have cancer, and 7.6 million people die from the disease, according to a CDC news release.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. Cancer kills more than half a million Americans every year.
More people die from cancer than from AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The World Health Organization projects that without immediate action, the global number of deaths from cancer will increase by nearly 80% by 2030, with most occurring in low- and middle-income countries.
For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/Features/WorldCancerDay/?s_cid=CancerWCDT1E_1