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Cancer Cases on the Rise, hit 12m a Year Worldwide

Times of India
09 September 2011
London , India

The number of cancer cases has risen by 20% globally in a decade to hit 12 million a year, new figures have revealed.
This is more than four times the annual number of new HIV infections, and 2.8 million of the cancers are linked to poor diet, a lack of exercise and being overweight, according to the figures by charity World Cancer Research Fund.

The number of cancers that could potentially be prevented is expected to rise dramatically over the next decade as more people lead sedentary lifestyles and become obese, the Daily Mail has reported.

Experts have said that apart from cancer, diseases such as heart disease and diabetes are some of the biggest health challenges.

The British government has come under fire from several health charities over its responsibility deal, which aims to form partnerships with produce firms. It has been slammed for cutting spending on the Change4Life health campaign in favour of getting commercial firms and charities to fill the gap.

A spokesman for the UK’s department of health said, “This week’s responsibility deal calorie labelling announcement shows real progress that can be achieved by working with industry voluntarily to help improve public health.” PTI

Targeting enzyme to fight breast cancer?

Scientists in Singapore claim to have uncovered a new method to target an enzyme that promotes the oestrogen receptor–negative breast cancer, a finding which may pave the way for an effective treatment for the disease. A team from the Genome Institute of Singapore and the National University of Singapore says it has found the way to target the enzyme EZH2 which puts people at risk of developing the oestrogen receptor–negative breast cancer, one of the most aggressive forms of the disease unresponsive to treatment.

It has been known that EZH2 enzymatic activity promotes cancer by inactivating some important tumour suppressors, which function as ‘brakes’ to stop tumour growth. Over–expression of EZH2 is often linked to aggressive and rapid spread of breast cancers, the most common cancer in women globally. PTI

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