According to the World Health Organization, cancer accounted for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008. Based on current projections, cancer deaths will rise to an estimated 9 million people dying from cancer in 2015, and 11.4 million in 2030. About 70% of all cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
At Duke, there is growing interest in global cancer across diverse disciplines. In partnership with the Duke Cancer Institute and the National Cancer Institute, DGHI is working to strengthen and expand research activities in global cancer.