LONDON (AP/CBS Atlanta) — The World Health Organization’s cancer agency warns there will be 22 million new cases of cancer every year within the next two decades.
Monday’s report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer estimated in 2012 there were 14 million new cases but predicted that figure would jump significantly due to global aging and the spread of cancers to developing countries. The Lyon-based cancer arm of the WHO said more than 60 percent of the world’s cancer cases are in Africa, Asia, Central and South America.
In 2012, IARC said the top cancer killers were those of the lung, liver and stomach. The agency called for countries to consider stronger legislation to encourage healthier lifestyles, including measures to tackle consumption of alcohol and sugary drinks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, with heart disease being the most deadly. Data from 2010 shows that nearly 575,000 people died of cancer and more than 1.45 million people were diagnosed with cancer.
According to the National Institutes of Health, cancer cost the United States an estimated $263.8 billion in medical costs and lost productivity in 2010.
The CDC suggests that cancer risk can be reduced by avoiding tobacco, limiting alcohol use, limiting exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and tanning beds, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, and seeking regular medical care.
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