The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has launched a new data visualization tool for gastrointestinal cancers as part of the Cancer Stories portal on the IARC Global Cancer Observatory website. Cancer Stories are interactive stories telling cancer facts through visualizations.
The new tool gives a broad overview of the global burden of gastrointestinal cancers and shows the trends related to colorectal cancer, such as differences in stage at diagnosis, outcomes, and predictions of the future burden of this disease.
Gastrointestinal cancers contribute a large proportion of the global cancer burden. They are responsible for 1 in 4 cancer cases and 1 in 3 cancer deaths worldwide. There is considerable variation in incidence and mortality rates across the world. Gastrointestinal cancers include oesophageal cancer, gastric (stomach) cancer, colorectal cancer, liver cancer, and pancreatic cancer.
Primary and secondary prevention remain key to addressing the burden of gastrointestinal cancers and include strategies to control tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and obesity, to immunize populations against hepatitis B virus infection, and to screen for colorectal cancer.