Cancer cases expected to soar 70% over the next 20 years in imminent human disaster

Cancer cases tipped to soar 70% in the next 20 years in imminent human disaster

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that the preventable cancer epidemic is only going to get worse, far worse, unless major changes are made to what we eat.

“We cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem.  More commitment to prevention is desperately needed in order to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in cancer burden globally.  The rise of cancer worldwide is a major obstacle to human development and well-being.  These new figures and projections send a strong signal that immediate action is needed to confront this human disaster, which touches every community worldwide”
Christopher Wild, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The WHO report says “Cancer cases are expected to surge by 70% worldwide in the next 20 years, an imminent "human disaster" that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat”. 

The World Cancer Report, produced by the WHO’s specialized cancer agency, predicts new cancer cases will rise from an estimated 14 million in 2012 to 22 million annually within two decades.  Over the same period, cancer deaths are tipped to rise from 8.2 million a year to 13 million annually.

The report said “about half of all cancers were preventable, and the disease could be tackled by addressing lifestyle factors, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and exercise…. And other prevention strategies.”

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Posted: Sunday 9 March 2014