Meanwhile, drugs and alcohol also contribute to more than 1/3 of cancer deaths in women.
“The top risk factors contributing to the global cancer burden in 2019 are due to human behavior, so minimizing exposure to risk factors (which can be done through behavior modification) will help reduce cancer mortality worldwide,” the study said.
Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine and co-author of the study, said:
“Smoking continues to be the leading risk factor for cancer cases worldwide.
while other factors also contribute significantly to various cancer burdens.”