Health in the Western World Unlike the issues that plague the poorer, underdeveloped nations of the world, countries that have been developed and wealthier over the years. These wealthier nations are facing their own health crisis, however most of these are non communicable, however no less deadly on the grand scale.

It is important to note that the Western lifestyle is characterized by a high calorie diet, rich in fat and refined sugars and animal proteins. These dietary issues combined with a more sedentary lifestyle, have created an overall energy imbalance, which has become associated with many disease conditions such as Cancer, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Cancer malignancy is typical for affluent societies and tends to include cancers of the colon/rectum, breast, uterus, gallbladder, kidney, as well as adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. Prostate cancer is also related to the western lifestyle, but there seems to be a genetic component to this as well.


  • Lung Cancer is the most common Cancer in the world, accounting for 1.2 Million new cases annually.
  • Breast Cancer, 1 Million Cases
  • Colorectal Cancer, 940,000 Cases
  • Stomach Cancer, 870,000 Cases
  • Liver Cancer, 560,000 Cases
  • Cervical Cancer, 470,000 Cases
  • Esophageal Cancer, 410,000 Cases
  • Head and Neck Cancer, 390,000 Cases
  • Bladder Cancer, 330,000 Cases
  • Leukemia, 250,000 Cases

The three most deadly cancers that kill the highest numbers of people each year are not the most prevalent types; they are lung cancer responsible for 17.8% of cancer deaths, stomach cancer, responsible for 10.4 percent, and liver cancer which accounts for another 8.8% of cancer deaths per year.

Industrial nations with the highest overall cancer rates include the United States, Italy, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, and France. Developing countries, who hold the lowest instances of cancer related illness, are Northern Africa and Southern and Eastern Asia.

It is important to note that no matter where you are on the map, there are health concerns affecting the population, however it is also important to keep in mind that many of the diseases that are being seen throughout the western world, are much more preventable by things like diet and exercise, whereas the communicable diseases affecting underdeveloped regions are less controllable by the people in the regions are issues that require assistance to get under control.