Cancer has affected nearly everyone. Most of us either know some who has/had a cancer diagnosis or have dealt with it personally. Some troubling news from the World Health Organization has indicated that cancer rates are rising rapidly and are set to almost double in the next two decades.
The WHO estimates that cases will rise from 14 million new diagnoses annually to about 22 million. More people die from cancer every year in the world than from any other disease.
Dr. Christopher Wild, from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) stated that treating cancer cases just isn't enough. Prevention, he said, is what's important.
Wild helped to create this new report for the IARC. He said, "Despite exciting advances, this 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."
So where are cancer cases growing the most? The report stated that Africa, Asia and Central/South America are the regions that are seeing a huge growth in cancer. And about one-third of the cancers reported can be prevented.
Tobacco use is a huge factor, with lung cancer being the leading cause of death over any other cancer. More than 70 percent of global lung cancer deaths are due to tobacco use, Medical News Today reported.
Obesity, alcohol abuse and a sedentary lifestyle are also causes of cancer worldwide. Suggested ways to reduce the risk of cancer are avoiding tobacco, a healthy diet, limiting alcohol use and exercising more.
Cervical cancer is increasing in Third World countries and this kind of cancer is usually caused by the sexually transmitted virus called HPV. Monogamy and the use of condoms can help reduce this risk. Regular Pap tests can aid in an early diagnosis. Doctors need to educate all women of the risks of HPV.
It's not just poorer countries that face the rise in cancer cases.