According to a new global cancer study covering 195 countries over the period 1990-2016 published in the American Journal of Oncology JAMA Oncology this week, Greece appears to have the highest numbers of Hodgkin lymphoma per capita in the world.
The incidence rate of lymphocyte cancer in Greece was 5.3 per 100,000 people at the same time the worldwide average was one new case per 100,000 people.
Even though most new incidents of the disease’s occurrence were recorded in Greece, Afghanistan is the country with the highest death rates from Hodgkin’s lymphoma with 2.2 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.
Meanwhile, the study solidifies previous finds pointing towards lung and colon cancers being the leading causes of cancer death worldwide closely followed by skin cancer while breast cancer remains the leading cause of death from cancer in women.
According to American Journal of Oncology researchers these cancers are closely associated with people’s lifestyle and attitudes and have shown an increasing trend over the last decade.
There were overall 8.9 million recorded deaths due to cancer between 2006-2016 showing a reduction in cancer mortality, but a worrying 28 per cent increase in incidence rate compared to ten years ago.