London (dpa) - Developing countries are expected to bear the brunt of a
significant rise in cancer cases due to their adoption of Western lifestyles, a
report released Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows.
The number of new cancer diagnoses, which stood at 14 million in 2012, is set to
rise to 25 million annually over the next two decades, according to the WHO's
latest World Cancer report.
Low- and middle-income countries - including those in Africa, Asia and Latin
America - will be hit hardest by the increase.
"[The] increasing use of tobacco, consumption of alcohol and highly processed
foods and lack of physical activity" mean that the proportion of cancer deaths
will be higher in developing countries, WHO director general Margaret Chan said
in the report, adding that a lack of early detection and access to treatment
were also to blame.
Currently, more than 60 per cent of the world's total cases occur in Africa,
Asia and Central and South America. These regions account for about 70 per cent
of the world's cancer deaths.
The report has found that not only developing countries, but also high-income
regions including the United States and Western Europe are poorly equipped to
deal with the rising cancer burden.
"More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed in
order to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in cancer
burden globally," said Christopher Wild, one of the report's authors and head of
the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
The report also offers several policies to tackle the rise in new cancer cases,
including higher taxes on unhealthy food products.
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- [WHO press statement](http://dpaq.de/gwSao)