Although medical science has not been able to prove the number of disease in the world, it has however shown that some are more deadly than others.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 56 million people died in 2012 from illness causing disease with non-communicable ailments accounting for 68 per cent of deaths globally.
It is widely believed that the most deadly disease in the world is HIV/AIDS. However, science has proven in recent times that there are more deadly disease in the world.
YEN.com.gh has compiled a list of five diseases that can kill faster than HIV/AIDS.
1. Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs)
According to the WHO, cardiovascular diseases is the number one cause of sudden deaths in world apart from road crashes.
CVDs include all illness related to the blood vessels like coronary heart diseases and myocadial infection, often referred to as heart attack.
Risk factors include the tobacco use, unhealthy diet and obesity, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol.
2. Human Papilloma Virus
Commonly referred to as HPVs, this sickness is a group of more than 150 related disease which can be contacted through direct skin-to-skin contact.
It is the most common sexually transmitted disease affecting the genital areas of males and females and can develop into cervical or prostate cancer. There is a preventive vaccine for the common type of HPVs.
This is most dangerous disease which can affect any part of the body. Experts say there are over 100 different types of cancer and they are classified by the type of cell that is initially affected.
This disease harms the body when altered cells divide uncontrollably to form lumps or masses of tissue called tumors. Common examples include breast, lung, prostate and skin cancer.
About a decade ago, diabetes was thought to be a disease for the rich but things have changed as medical science has shown that anyone can become diabetic.
Diabetes occur due to the body's inability to process sugar.
Stroke is a medical emergency which occurs due to problem with the blood supply to the brain. It is the the number 5 cause of death all over the world. Research has it that approximately 800,000 people have a stroke each year.
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To prevent yourself from these diseases, experts advice regular medical check up, good personal hygiene, healthy habits like staying away from excessive alcohol, cigarette, and sugary foods.