WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION REPORTS SURGE IN CANCER

Dec 12, 2013

By Michael Kramer

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A dramatic setback in the global fight against cancer.

The World Health Organization says an estimated 14.1 million people developed cancer last year – compared to 12.7 million five years ago.

The new figures also show an upsurge in breast cancer – with 1.7 million women newly diagnosed. That’s up 20 percent from 2008.

And the worldwide death toll from cancer has risen to 8.2 million – with breast cancer killing 522,000 women, in 2012.

The W-H-O has also predicted “a sunstantive increase” in cancer cases – rising to almost 20 million by the year 2025 -as the world’s population both grows and ages.

The report also says death rates are still highest in less developed countries due to lack of detection and diagnosis and access to treatment.

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