Trending News Today: Cancer Deaths Rise to 9.6 Million in 2018

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The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reported that cancer deaths will rise to 9.6 million in 2018, Reuters reported. According to the article, the GLOBOCAN report found that the global cancer burden would rise to an estimated 18.1 million new cases this year, up from 14.1 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths in 2012. IARC said the rising cancer burden was due to several factors, including social and economic development and growing and aging populations, the article reported.

New data from the Census Bureau revealed that the rate of Americans without health insurance remained flat in 2017 at 8.8%, The Hill reported. According to the article, the uninsured rate in 2017, which translates to 28.5 million individuals, was the same as the rate from 2016. This finding contrasts data released in January from Gallup, which showed 3 million additional individuals without health insurance in President Donald Trump’s first year, the article reported.

CDC data showed that 7 US states now have adult obesity rates of 35% or higher, up from 0 states 5 years ago, STAT reported. According to the article, the 2017 data highlight continuing discrepancies in adult obesity rates across geographic areas, race, and education levels. The 7 states with the obesity rates of at least 35% in 2017 were Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia, the article reported.