The World Health Organization have warned that the new cases of cancer are expected to surge by 57% worldwide in the next 20 years, to 24 million annually in 2035 from 14 million new cases in 2012.
Moreover, cancer related deaths are expected to rise from 8.2 million a year to 13 million annually, which would be a "human disaster" that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat.
"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", said Christopher Wild.
The report shows that this rise is mainly brought about by growing, aging populations worldwide, and that the cost of responding to such a "cancer burden" will hurt even the rich countries.
In 2010, the economic cost of the disease worldwide was estimated at $1.16 trillion, with 60% of the world`s cases and about 70% of the world`s cancer deaths occurring in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.
The report also shows that half of all cancers were preventable; therefore cancer could be tackled by addressing lifestyle factors, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and exercise. Lung cancer remains the most diagnosed cancer (1.8 million cases a year or 13%) and the deadliest, followed by breast cancer (1.7 million or 11.9%), large bowel cancer (1.4 million or 9.7%), liver cancer (800,000 or 9.1%) and stomach cancer (700,000 or 8.8%).
"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" Wilde added.
Therefore, experts believe that governments need to understand the importance of screening and early detection programs that are "an investment rather than a cost".
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Original headline: Cancer cases to rise 57% in 20 years, WHO says
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