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WHO Predicts Cancer Will Increase 70 Percent Over the Next 20 Years -- Low Income Will Be Hit the Hardest

WHO Predicts Cancer Will Increase 70 Percent Over the Next 20 Years -- Low Income Will Be Hit the Hardest
In spite of improved methods for treating cancer, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that cancer cases around the world will increase 70 percent over the next two decades. According to WHO, from 2008 to 2012, cancer cases increased from 12.7 million to 14.1 million new cases. With this trend, it is expected to reach 25 million new cases over the next 20 years.

Low-income will be hit the hardest

Medical science has certainly made progress in the treatment of cancer. But when looking at cancer incidence worldwide, WHO factors in low-income countries who can't afford the latest medical treatments. With the rising cost of medical care, even developed countries are struggling to stay ahead of new cancer cases.

Worst cancers

The most concerning types of cancer are those that affect both poor and affluent countries. For example, poor countries are more prone to increases in infectious types of cancer such as cervical. Richer countries are more prone to cancer types triggered by lifestyle choices, such as tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, and eating rich fatty foods. This increases the risk for lung cancer, breast cancer, bowel, prostate and stomach cancer.

The WHO emphasizes the need to focus on how to prevent new cases. As one co-author of a report recently released by the WHO, Dr Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, stated, "Despite exciting advances, the report shows that we cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem." "More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed in order to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in cancer burden globally."

To read more, visit www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/03/worldwide-cancer-cases-soar-next-20-years
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