WHO Warns Number Of Cancer Cases Increasing Rapidly Worldwide

On World Cancer Day, news outlets report on the findings of the WHO’s World Cancer Report 2014 which say that cancer cases could hit 22 million a year within the next two decades.

BBC News: Cancer ‘tidal wave’ on horizon, warns WHO
“The globe is facing a ‘tidal wave’ of cancer, and restrictions on alcohol and sugar need to be considered, say World Health Organization scientists…” (2/4).

Reuters: We can’t beat cancer with drugs alone; prevention crucial: WHO
“Governments must make better use of vaccines and preventative public health policies in the fight against cancer as treatment alone cannot stem the disease, a World Health Organization (WHO) agency said on Monday…” (Kelland, 2/3).

TIME: WHO: Annual Cancer Cases to Hit 22 Million in 20 Years
“Cancer cases worldwide could hit 22 million a year within the next two decades, according to the World Health Organization. The agency’s World Cancer Report 2014 estimated that the cancer burden for 2012 was 14 million new cases a year, but said the rate was expected to jump much higher over the next 20 years as the number of elderly people worldwide increases…” (Sifferlin, 2/3).

U.N. News Centre: Treatment alone will not win war on cancer: prevention is crucial, U.N. reports
“With new cancer cases worldwide expected to rise from 14 million to 22 million per year within the next two decades, and annual cancer deaths rising from 8.2 million to 13 million, the United Nations today called for multipronged preventive action including treaties and laws extending tobacco-style restrictions to alcohol and sweetened beverages…” (2/3).

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