Cancer deaths seen doubling by 2030

09:18, June 03, 2010      

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Cancer could claim 13.3 million lives a year by 2030, the World Health Organization's cancer research agency reported Wednesday, almost double the 7.6 million deaths from the illness in 2008.

A new calculation tool by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) forecast that in 2030, new cases of cancer would soar to 21.3 million, and that 13.3 million people would die from the disease.

Freddie Bray, a scientist in charge of the study on 27 types of cancer, said that in 2008, 56 percent of the 12.7 million new cancer cases and 63 percent of 7.6 million cancer deaths occurred in developing countries.

The latest data indicated that lung cancer was the most common type of cancer, while breast and colorectal cancer were the next most common forms of the illness in 2008.

The highest numbers of fatal cases were posted by countries with the largest populations, with North America, Western Europe and Australia topping the list of highest mortality rates in terms of proportion.

The IARC also said that almost 21.4 million new cases of the disease would be diagnosed annually in 2030.

Source: Global Times

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