A new study suggests that the leading types of cancers diagnosed and causes of death will shuffle in the coming years – with pancreatic cancer climbing to the second leading cause of death. The research underscores the importance of preventive strategies; AICR research suggests that one-third of the most common US cancers are preventable with changes to diet, weight and physical activity.
For the study, researchers projected cancer incidence and deaths for 2020 and 2030 for the most common cancers.
Breast, prostate, and lung cancers will remain the top cancers diagnosed through 2030, the study finds. For cancer deaths, pancreatic and liver cancers are projected to become the second and third leading causes, moving ahead of breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers.
Lung cancer is projected to remain the top cause of cancer death.
Source: Lola Rahib et al. “Projecting Cancer Incidence and Deaths to 2030: The Unexpected Burden of Thyroid, Liver, and Pancreas Cancers in the United States.” Cancer Research. Published OnlineFirst May 19, 2014.