News / Health

New Report Finds Cancer Rates on the Rise

FILE - Scientist Paul Clarke looks at a picture of labeled cells on a monitor at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, Britain.
FILE - Scientist Paul Clarke looks at a picture of labeled cells on a monitor at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, Britain.
Faiza Elmasry
The number of cancer cases worldwide is expected to surge by 57 percent during the next two decades.  A new World Health Organization report is predicting what the agency calls a "human disaster," and notes the cost of increasing cancer rates will disproportionately affect developing countries. 

The WHO World Cancer Report said global cancer cases will rise from an estimated 14 million this year to 22 million annually within the next 20 years.  The annual cancer deaths are also expected to increase from 8.2 million to 13 million a year.

Projected Cancer Incidence and Mortality, 2012 to 2025 (WHO GloboCan)Projected Cancer Incidence and Mortality, 2012 to 2025 (WHO GloboCan)
x
Projected Cancer Incidence and Mortality, 2012 to 2025 (WHO GloboCan)
Projected Cancer Incidence and Mortality, 2012 to 2025 (WHO GloboCan)
According Dr. Bernard Stewart, who co-edited the report, developing countries are to bear most of the increase.  More than 60 percent of the cases occur in Africa, Asia and Central and South America, and these account for about 70 percent of the world’s cancer death.

“For much low and middle-income countries, there is an additional burden of cancers which are related it to infection.  Cervical cancer in women is due to infection by human papillomavirus and liver cancer is due to infections by hepatitis,” stated Stewart.

Major Cancer Risks

  • Tobacco use
  • Infections
  • Alcohol use
  • Inactivity and obesity
  • Radiation from the sun and medical tests
  • Air pollution, naturally occurring carcinogens
  • Reproductive factors, including having children later

Source: WHO / IARC
The rising incidents of cancer in the developing countries, he added, are also linked to industrialized lifestyle and the lack of early detection.

“The low and middle-income countries often have poor clinical services. So cancers are not diagnosed till they're at a late stage.  So the survival of cancer patients is much worse in these countries,” Stewart said.

The report warns that the global battle against cancer won’t be won with treatment alone and urgently needs effective prevention measures to curb the disease. Targeted vaccination campaigns, Dr. Stewart says, can markedly reduce infection related cancers. Preventing the spread of tobacco and alcohol use, raising awareness about obesity and sugar consumption can also be crucial in cancer control.

The World Cancer report, released Tuesday on the eve of World Cancer Day, is a collaboration of more than 250 scientists from more than 40 countries.

You May Like

Hong Kong Democracy Calls Spread to Macau

Macau and Hong Kong are China’s two 'special administrative regions' which gives them a measure of autonomy More

After Nearly 2 Years, Pistorius Remains Elusive

Reporter Anita Powell reflects on her experience covering the Olympic athlete's murder trial More

Kenyan Coastal Town Struggles With Deadly June Attacks

Three months after al-Shabab militants allegedly attacked their town, some Mpeketoni residents are still bitter, question who was really behind the assaults More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Justaguitar49 from: Pennsylvania, USA
February 04, 2014 1:20 PM
There is no real preventative measure to combat the increasing rate of cancer! It is a product of our environment, and unless the WORLD decides to stop producing and spewing out toxic chemicals into our air and water supplies, and contaminating our oceans, there really is no hope for us. Man will eventually kill himself off - he will not need the help of any rogue asteroid slamming into the earth or global warming effects!

In Response

by: Jenn C from: St Louis
February 10, 2014 9:32 AM
I mostly agree. What I don't agree with is the fact that companies such as Johnson & Johnson have admitted to having cancer causing agents in their BABY products. We have products we use on ourselves and our kids from birth that contain these agents. NO WONDER it's on the rise. Until things get regulated to make the market consumer safe, there will always be risks associated with off the shelf products.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Obama to Ramp Up Anti-Ebola Efforts in Africai
X
Luis Ramirez
September 15, 2014 11:01 PM
President Barack Obama on Tuesday will unveil his plan to ramp up efforts against the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Obama to Ramp Up Anti-Ebola Efforts in Africa

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will unveil his plan to ramp up efforts against the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
Video

Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
Video

Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Americans' Reaction Mixed on Obama Strategy for Islamic State Militants

President Barack Obama’s televised speech on how the United States plans to “degrade and destroy” the group known as the Islamic State reached a prime-time audience of millions. And it came as Americans appear more willing to embrace a bolder, tougher approach to foreign policy. VOA producer Katherine Gypson and reporter Jeff Seldin have this report from Washington.
Video

Video Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties

U.S. officials say they have broken up crime rings that funneled tens of millions of dollars from Mexican drug cartels through fashion businesses in Los Angeles. Mike O'Sullivan reports that authorities announced nine arrests, as 1,000 law enforcement agents fanned out through the city on Wednesday.
Video

Video Bedouin Woman Runs Successful Business in Palestinian City

A Bedouin woman is breaking social taboos by running a successful vacation resort in the Palestinian town of Jericho. Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Zlatica Hoke says the resort in the West Bank's Jordan Valley is a model of success for women in the region.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid