Breast cancer is now the world’s most common cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), after overtaking lung cancer.
Reuters reports breast cancer now accounts for more than 12 percent of new cases each year worldwide and an estimated 2.3 million new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed last year.
“For the first time, breast cancer now constitutes the most commonly occurring cancer globally,” Andre Ilbawi, a cancer specialist at the WHO said in a statement reported by Reuters.
Ilbawi noted obesity in women was a common risk factor in breast cancer and is driving overall cancer numbers, Reuters reports.
Breast cancer has now overtaken lung cancer as the most common cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide.
According to Reuters, the WHO is warning against risk factors including tobacco use, high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, alcohol use, and lack of physical activity.