Cases are increasing, alarming picture in cancer


Lerato Khumalo

Cancer cases continue to increase in Turkey due to reasons such as smoking, obesity and air pollution. So much so that, on average, 177 out of every 100 thousand women and 247 out of every 100 thousand men across the country are diagnosed with cancer. While cancers related to tobacco and tobacco products predominantly affect men, cancers caused by obesity and breast cancer mostly affect women, the latest data raises concern. The results of the “Patient Journey in Triple Negative Breast Cancer” research conducted by the Cancer Fighters Association once again revealed the gravity of the situation.

20 percent of all cancer-related deaths are caused by tobacco. The risk of lung cancer in smokers is 30 times higher than in non-smokers.


According to published data, approximately one in every 6 deaths worldwide and one in every 5 deaths in Turkey are due to cancer. Breast cancer is a common cause in the world and While it ranks first among the cancer types in Turkey in terms of incidence in women, “triple negative breast cancer”, one of the breast cancer types, attracts particular attention because it targets young women. Marmara University Faculty of Medicine Lecturer Prof. Dr. According to the research conducted by Gürkan Sert, it was understood that triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) constitutes approximately 15 percent of all breast cancer cases on a global and local scale.


Prof. Dr. Sert gave the following information about the data and the latest situation in cancer cases: “Breast cancer ranks first in terms of incidence and mortality in women in most countries. Global incidence is 2.3 million cases, global mortality is 685 thousand deaths in 110 countries. Breast cancer among women “It ranks first in terms of the incidence of new cases with 23.9 percent.”

“TNBC cells can break away from the original tumor in the breast and travel to other parts of the body. When this happens, it is known as metastatic TNBC. KOnce an ancera has spread throughout the body, it is unlikely to be completely removed. “TNBC is likely to spread to other parts of the body, including the lungs, brain and liver.”

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While 4 percent of cancer-related deaths worldwide are caused by alcohol, scientific research into the treatment of the disease continues unabated.


On the other hand, according to the latest updated data from the World Health Organization on 36 specific cancer types and 185 countries, there are 19.3 million new cancer cases per year worldwide, and this number is expected to exceed 30 million in 2040. Of all cases worldwide, breast cancer accounts for 11.7 percent, lung cancer for 11.4 percent, colorectal cancer for 10 percent, and prostate cancer for 7.3 percent. While 234 thousand new cancer cases are seen annually in Turkey, this is expected to nearly double to 393 thousand in 2040. Although more than half of these cases are lost, cancer-related deaths are expected to approximately double over the years in parallel with the number of cases.