Colorectal cancer 3rd most common cancer, 2nd most deadly — 6 new research insights

The World Health Organization released new cancer tracking numbers, finding colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world and the second deadliest, CNN reports.

Here's what you should know:

1. WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer reviewed cancer incidence data from 185 countries. Incidence rates continues to "rapidly" grow. In 2018, there were 18.1 million new cancer cases and 9.6 million deaths. WHO believes by the end of the century, cancer will be the No. 1 killer globally.

2. WHO estimates 1 in 5 men and 1 in 6 women will develop cancer in their lifetime. An estimated 1 in 8 men and 1 in 11 women will die from the disease.

3. Cancer incidence rates continue to rise because of a growing and aging population.

4. Asia leads in cancer cases and deaths, accounting for about half of new cases and fatalities in the world. Europe and the Americas also comprise a significant portion.
5. Lung cancer is the No. 1 most common cancer in the world, followed by breast and colorectal cancer.

6. Lung cancer is also the most deadly. Combined, lung, breast and colorectal cancer account for one-third of all cancer deaths globally.

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