However, this also shows the inequities that remain in cancer care. Women in less economically developed countries, where costly vaccination and screening programmes are less common, are four times more likely to develop cervical cancer and it is the biggest cancer killer in these regions.
“Ensuring universal access to health care is a vital prerequisite for early detection and cancer treatment,” said Dr Fitzmaurice. “Improving access to advanced diagnostic technologies not commonly available in low-SDI countries is a critical step towards achieving health equity globally.”
While wealthier nations with longer life expectancy and national screening programmes top the rankings for new diagnoses, it is developing countries where there are the most cancer deaths..
The research was led by Australian mental health research unit the Black Dog Institute, which says mental illness costs Australian businesses bn a year (?6bn).
Lead author, associate professor Samuel Harvey, said the findings are 'a wake-up call'.
To judge how strenuous someone's the researchers asked people about their ability to make decisions at work, the opportunity to use their skills, and about the pace, intensity and conflicting demands they experience at work.
Professor Harvey said: 'The results indicate that if we were able to eliminate job strain situations in the workplace, up to 14
'Workplaces can adopt a range of measures to reduce job strain, and finding ways to increase workers' perceived control of their work is often a good practical first step.
'This can be achieved through initiatives that involve workers in as many decisions as possible.'
How the research was carried out
The Black Dog Institute examined records of 6,870 people from the UK National Child Development Study, all of whom were born in the same week in 1958..