Lyon, France (4E) – The World Health Organization warned on Monday that a cancer crisis will affect the world in 20 years’ time and prevention, more than treatment, can address the disease.
Citing the World Cancer Report of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) posted on the agency’s website on Monday, the WHO said new cancer cases will rise from 14 million in 2012 to 22 million annually within two decades particularly in developing countries. Over the same period, 13 million people may die from cancer annually in 20 years from 8.2 million a year in 2012.
The IARC attributed the forecast to the growing, aging populations worldwide that will require a heavier focus on preventive public health policies, said Christopher Wild, director of the IARC.
“More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed,” Wild said, according to CNN.
The report also said that the economic cost of responding to cancer burden was $1.16 trillion in 2010. It pointed to lung cancer as still the most commonly diagnosed cancer with 1.8 million cases a year, or 13 percent of the total number of cancer diagnoses) and the deadliest, accounting for about a fifth 1.6 million of all cancer deaths worldwide.