Posted on Feb 17, 2014, 6 a.m.
WHO’s IARC warns that over the next 20 years, cancer cases worldwide will rise sharply -- with lower income countries bearing much of the burden.
In its “World Cancer Report 2014,” the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer reports that new cancer cases expected to grow from 14 million a year in 2012 to 25 million. The largest burden will be borne by low- and middle-income countries, which have a greater propensity to be affected by cancers triggered by infections or associated with more affluent lifestyles. Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed among men (16.7% of cases) and the biggest killer (23.6% of deaths). Breast cancer is the most common diagnosis in women (25.2%) and caused 14.7% of deaths, which is a drop and only just exceeds lung cancer deaths in women (13.8%). Bowel, prostate and stomach cancer are the other most common diagnoses. The report warns that alcohol, obesity and physical inactivity, along with tobacco, are all preventable causes of cancer.
Bernard W. Stewart and Christopher P. Wild (Eds.). World Cancer Report 2014. International Agency for Research on Cancer, Feb. 3, 2014.