Colon Cancer Statistics

About this Video

In this video, Hans Rosling shows that cancer in the large intestine, i.e. colon, gets more common when countries get richer. The data is compiled by IARC ( International Agency for research on Cancer) in Lyon, France. It reveals that colon cancer is equally common in men and women, that eat similar diets, in high-income countries. Prevention through promotion of health diet have not yet had any big effect but advanced screening programs and improved treatment have decreased the death rate among colon cancer patients in high-income countries. It is paradoxical that high-income leads to a diet that cause this cancer while at the same time only high-income can support a health service that can cure it.
Effective prevention could avoid a lot of suffering and save money for health services.

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4 thoughts on “Colon Cancer Statistics

  1. just to make certain – you did normalize for the fact that poor people don’t live long enough to die from cancer. Right?

  2. Yes they do. The incidence rate is normalized according to the age-distribution of the world population. This statistics is called “Age-Standardized Rate” and it is derived from the “Crude Rate”, which is the incidence rate before age normalization.

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