According the the World Health Organization fact sheet as of February 2011, cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and accounted for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008.
According to Cancer Statistics, 2010, published in the CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, on July 7, 2010, it is estimated that approximately 569,490 Americans will die from cancer, which means that greater than 1500 deaths per day.
Canadian Cancer Statistics 2007 reports that an estimated 39 per cent of Canadian females and 44 per cent of males will develop cancer during their lifetimes; and an estimated 24 per cent of women and 28 per cent of men will die from cancer, or approximately one out of every four Canadians will die from cancer.
According to a study published in the Annals of Oncology (the official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology) on February 9, 2011, researches predict that there will be nearly 1.3 million deaths from cancer in Europe in 2011. The estimates, which have been reached after researchers using for the first time in Europe a new mathematical model for predicting cancer mortality, show a fall in overall cancer death rates for both men and women when compared to 2007.
It is a known fact that cancer kills. Everyday, someone dies from some form of cancer: a member of our family, one of friends, one of people we know, and many of people we don't know or we've never even heard of. And in 2010, there were famous people who had succumbed to cancer, like Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former Democratic presidential nominee John Edwards. She died on December 7, 2010, after a long battle with breast cancer at age 61.
City TV's Mark Dailey - We will truly miss you
Mark Dailey - a most notable of cancer deaths in Toronto 2010
Here in Toronto, we lost our beloved Mark Dailey. Mark was one of the most recognizable, trusted, and revered newsmen in Toronto. Mark's awesome deep baritone voice earned him the famous nickname "The Voice" of Citytv and CityNews.
After being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004, Dailey went on to become a brave and vocal advocate for men's health, raising awareness and money through his unyielding efforts.
In September, 2010, Dailey announced on air that he was suffering from kidney cancer. A few short months later, the cancer spread to his lungs. On December 6, 2010, Mark died from prostate and kidney cancer. He was 57.
Cancer does not discriminate - Cancer Deaths
In putting together this list of famous and notable cancer deaths in 2010, I was overwhelmed by the harsh reality of the fact that cancer does not discriminate between the young and elderly, although cancer deaths are more prevalent among the elderly; between races, between genders, between the rich and poor. In putting together this list, I relied heavily on Wikipedia and checked the references. It is difficult to have a comprehensive list as some cause of deaths are not available. So I apologize in advance, if I had omitted some famous and notable cancer deaths, and if some information are erroneous. Internet is not perfect after all. I also included a brief information and picture (where available) of each cancer victim to help us remember the way they were.
So without further ado, here is a list of famous and notable people who died from cancer in 2010.
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Famous and Notable Cancer Deaths in January 2010
Cancer Deaths - January 1, 2010
- Lhasa de Sela, 37, a Mexican-American singer based in Montreal, died of breast cancer at her home.
- Gary Brockette, 62, American actor and director, died of cancer.
- Michael Dwyer, 58, Irish journalist and film critic who wrote for The Irish Times for more than 20 years, died of lung cancer.
- Faisal Bin Shamlan, 75, Yemeni politician, presidential candidate (2006), died of cancer.
- Tom Walsh, 67, a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, a Wyoming educator, a mayor of Casper, and a Republican member of the Wyoming House of Representatives from Natrona County from 2003-2008, died of leukemia.
Cancer Deaths - January 3, 2010
- Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt, 84, Chilean composer. Becerra-Schmidt lived in Germany since 1973 and taught at Oldenburg University since 1974. Becerra-Schmidt died of lung cancer on January 3, 2010 at his home in Oldenburg.
- Takis Michalos, 63, Greek national team water polo player and coach,died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 4, 2010
- Neil Christian, 66, British singer. Neil Christian and the Crusaders are one of the British rock and roll bands of the 1960s, died of cancer.
- Donal Donnelly, 78, English-born Irish actor. He was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, but raised in Dublin, Ireland. His breakthrough role came when he was cast as Gar Private in the world premiere of Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come! directed by Hilton Edwards for the Gate Theatre at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1964. He died of cancer in Chicago.
- Tsutomu Yamaguchi, 93, Japanese survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, died of stomach cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 5, 2010
- Kenneth Noland, 85, was an American abstract painter. He was one of the best-known American Color field painters, died of kidney cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 7, 2010
- Jim White, 67, was an American professional wrestler during the 1960s and 1970s in the southern United States, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 8, 2010
- Jean Charpentier, 74, Canadian journalist, press secretary for Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He was nicknamed "The Count" by journalists and reporters for his "elegance" and manners, died of cancer.
- Monica Maughan, 76, was an Australian actor with notable and well-known roles in film, theatre, radio and television, died of cancer.
- Jim Rimmer, 75, was a Canadian graphic designer, letterpress printer, proprietor of the Pie Tree Press and is especially notable as a designer of typefaces, died of cancer.
- Yvonne Zanos, 59, KDKA-TV’s consumer reporter whose joyful personality burst through TV screens during her popular product test reports, died this morning from complications related to ovarian cancer. Zanos died of ovarian cancer just a couple of days of her 60th birthday.
Cancer Deaths - January 9, 2010
- Laura Chapman Hruska, 74, was an American lawyer, novelist, and co-founder and editor in chief of the Soho Press, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 10, 2010
- Simon Digby, 77, was a British oriental scholar, translator, writer and collector who was awarded the Burton Medal of the Royal Asiatic Society and was a former Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, the Honorary Librarian of the Royal Asiatic Society and Assistant Keeper in the Department of Eastern Art of the Asmolean Museum in Oxford, died of pancreatic cancer in Delhi.
- Frances Morrell, 72, was a British Labour politician who led the Inner London Education Authority 1983-87. Morrell was a British political adviser and educationalist, died of cancer.
- Crispin Sorhaindo, 78, was the fourth President of Dominica. He served from October 25, 1993 until October 5, 1998, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 11, 2010
- Dennis Stock, 81, was an American photojournalist and documentary photographer and a member of Magnum Photos. He was born in New York City and died of colon and liver cancer in Sarasota, Florida.
Cancer Deaths - January 12, 2010
- Brian Keats, 46,known by his stage name Brian Damage, was an American punk rock drummer mostly known by his participation in the horror punk band Misfits, died of complications of colorectal cancer.
- Fred Krone, 79, often called "Crunch", was an American stuntman who worked predominantly in movie Westerns, died of cancer.
- Sir Allen McClay, 77, was a Northern Irish multi-millionaire businessman and philanthropist who founded the Almac Group, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 13, 2010
- Teddy Pendergrass, 59, was an American R&B/soul singer and songwriter. Pendergrass first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before a successful solo career at the end of the decade, died in hospital in Philadelphia from complications from colon cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 14, 2010
- Charles Nolte, 86, American actor, playwright and educator, died of prostate cancer.
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Cancer Deaths - January 15, 2010
- Bahman Jalali, 65, Iranian photographer, died of pancreatic cancer.
- Steve Lovelady, 66, American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, died of throat cancer.
- Marshall Warren Nirenberg, 82, American biochemist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate (1968), died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 16, 2010
- Stephen Morse, 65, American poet, died of complications from colon and lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 18. 2010
- Kate McGarrigle, 63, Montreal-based singer-songwriter and an icon in Canada’s folk music community. She died at home of a rare form of cancer, clear cell sarcoma.
- Celestino Tugot, 99, Filipino golfer, winner of the Philippine Open (1949, 1955–1958, 1962), died of lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 19, 2010
- Christos Hatziskoulidis, 58, Greek footballer (Egaleo F.C.), died of cancer.
- Jennifer Lyon, 37, former contestant on Survivor Palau (2005), died. Lyon came in 4th place. Lyon had discovered she had stage 3 breast cancer in 2005. After a long battle, she died in Oregon of breast cancer.
- Kalthoum Sarrai, 47, Tunisian-born French television presenter (Supernanny), died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 20, 2010
- Lynn Taitt, 75, Jamaican reggae guitarist, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 21, 2010
- Paul Quarrington, 56, writer, musician and screenwriter, best known for the novel and script for Whale Music and as one of the writers on the television show Due South. He died of lung cancer at his Toronto home.
- Robert "Squirrel" Lester, 67, American smooth soul tenor (The Chi-Lites), died of liver cancer.
- Curt Motton, 69, American baseball player, died of stomach cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 22, 2010
- Clayton Gerein, 45, Canadian wheelchair sports athlete, seven-time Paralympian, died of brain tumor.
- Johnny Seven, 83, American character actor (Ironside), died of lung cancer.
- Jean Simmons, 80, British-born American actress (Hamlet, Spartacus), died of lung cancer.
- Tom Wittum, 60, American football player (San Francisco 49ers), died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 23, 2010
- Robert Lam, 64, Malaysian news presenter, died of skin cancer.
- Roger Pierre, 86, French actor (Mon oncle d'Amérique), died of cancer.
- Oleg Velyky, 32, Ukrainian-born German handball player, died of melanoma.
Cancer Deaths - January 24, 2010
- Pernell Robers Jr., 81, an American actor who portrayed the eldest son on Bonanza and a retired army doctor in “Trapper John, MD” He died of pancreatic cancer at his Malibu, California home.
- Lawrence Aloysius Burke, 77, Jamaican Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kingston (2004–2008); Nassau (1981–2004), died of cancer.
- Robert Mosbacher, 82, American politician, Secretary of Commerce (1989–1992), died of pancreatic cancer.
- Jim Podoley, 76, American football player (Washington Redskins), died of melanoma.
Cancer Deaths - January 25, 2010
- Lynn Bayonas, 66, Australian television writer and producer, died of cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 27, 2010
- Betty Lou Keim, 71, American actress, died of lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 28, 2010
- Robert Joffe, 66, American lawyer, died of pancreatic cancer.
- Patricia Leonard, 73, British contralto, died of throat cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 29, 2010
- Tom Brookshier, 78, American football player (Philadelphia Eagles), coach and sportscaster (CBS Sports, WCAU), died of cancer.
- Georgelle Hirliman, 73, American performance artist, died of cancer.
- Cameron Snyder, 93, American sports journalist (The Baltimore Sun), won Dick McCann Memorial Award (1982), died of lung cancer.
Cancer Deaths - January 31, 2010
- Kage Baker, 57, American science fiction and fantasy author, died of uterine cancer.
- Howard Lotsof, 66, American researcher, discovered anti-addictive effects of ibogaine, died of liver cancer.
- Keith Norton, 69, Canadian politician, former MPP for Kingston and the Islands (1975–1985), died of cancer.
- Phil Smith, 63, Australian football player, died of cancer.