Global Health Facts : By the end of 2005, women accounted for 48% of all adults living with HIV worldwide, and for 59% in sub-Saharan Africa.



Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. From a total of 58 million deaths worldwide in 2005, cancer accounts for 7.6 million (or 13%) [that’s more than the population of Indiana] of all deaths. The main types of cancer leading to overall cancer mortality are:

  • Lung (1.3 million deaths/year)
  • Stomach (almost 1 million deaths/year); [seems like we in the U.S. rarely hear about this form]
  • Liver (662,000 deaths/year)
  • Colon (655,000 deaths/year)
  • Breast (502,000 deaths/year)
  • More than 70% of all cancer deaths in 2005 occurred in low and middle income countries.
  • Deaths from cancer in the world are projected to continue rising, with an estimated 9 million people dying from cancer in 2015 and 11.4 million dying in 2030
  • One-fifth of cancers worldwide are due to chronic infections, mainly from hepatitis B viruses HBV (causing liver), human papilloma viruses HPV (causing cervix), Helicobacter pylori (causing stomach), schistosomes (causing bladder), the liver fluke (bile duct) and human immunodeficiency virus HIV (Kaposi sarcoma and lymphomas).
  • In much of the developing world, (sub-Saharan Africa, most of Asia, and the Pacific), most people become infected with Hepatitis B Virus during childhood, and 8% to 10% of people in the general population become chronically infected.
  • In these regions liver cancer caused by HBV figures among the first three causes death by cancer in men.
  • Young children who become infected with HBV are the most likely to develop chronic infection.
  • About 90% of infants infected during the first year of life and 30% to 50% of children infected between 1 to 4 years of age develop chronic infection.
  • The risk of death from HBV-related liver cancer or cirrhosis is approximately 25% for persons who become chronically infected during childhood.

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World AIDS Week

In commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 1st, the World AIDS Day task force sponosred by the CSC will be hosting a week of events that focus on increasing awareness for HIV/AIDS among Notre Dame students and faculty.