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'Cancer Deaths will go up 45% by 2030'

Times of India
9 February, 2010
New Delhi, India

The number of global cancer deaths is projected to increase by 45% from 2007 to 2030 – from 7.9 million to 11.5 million.

Cancer has become the leading cause of death worldwide and the number of cases globally is influenced in part by an increasing and aging global population, according to the World Health Organisation.

Interestingly, experts say 40% of all cancer deaths can be prevented. Curbing tobacco sales will help avoid 1.8 million cancer deaths per year (60% of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries).

Having an active lifestyle can cut down on 274,000 cancer deaths which are otherwise caused by obesity and physically inactivity. Alcohol is responsible for 351,000 cancer deaths per year while the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV) infection is responsible for 235,000 deaths per year.

“A number of common risk factors have been linked to the development of cancer: an unhealthy lifestyle (including tobacco and alcohol use, inadequate diet, physical inactivity), and exposure to occupational (asbestos) or environmental carcinogens (indoor air pollution), radiation (ultraviolet and ionizing radiation), and some infections (such as hepatitis B or human papilloma virus infection),” an expert said.

Already, more than half of all cancer cases occur in developing countries. While prostate, breast and colon cancers are more common in developed countries, liver, stomach and cervical cancer are more common in developing countries.

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