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UN: Cancer cases "set to rise by half by 2030"

02-04-2014 13:17 BJT

By CCTV reporter Hou Na

World Cancer Day is marked on February 4th to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. This year, it will focus on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer, under the tag-line "Debunk the myths".

Cancer overtook heart disease as the number one cause of death in the world in 2011.

New cases of cancer are set to rise by half by 2030, reaching 21.6 million per year compared to 14 million in 2012, the UN said on Monday in a global analysis.

Cancer deaths, meanwhile, will likely rise from 8.2 million to 13 million per year as the world’s population grows and ages and more people adopt risky lifestyle habits, said the report compiled by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Released on the eve of World Cancer Day, the report was compiled by more than 250 scientists from over 40 countries.

It is the first such overview in six years.

The World Health Organization, which oversees the IARC, said the overall impact from cancer would "unquestionably" hit developing countries the hardest.

Almost half the new cases diagnosed in 2012 were in Asia, most of them in China, said the report. 3.5 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year in the country, and 2.5 million die from the disease. Only one quarter of Chinese cancer patients go into remission, compared with 65 percent in developed countries.

The most prevalent forms of cancer in China are those affecting the lungs, stomach, rectum, liver and esophagus, with lung cancer having the highest mortality rate.

Medical experts say cancer is closely related to people's lifestyles. And 60 percent of cases could be avoided by following a healthy lifestyle.

The report said the total, annual economic cost of cancer to the world was estimated at about 1.16 trillion US dollars in 2010, yet about half of all cancers could be avoided through prevention, early detection and treatment.

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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