Cancer rates to rise 70 percent in next 20 years

The World Health Organization predicts cancer cases will rise 70-percent in the next 20 years.

On Tuesday, which marked World Cancer Day, the World Health Organization released some projections that could be frightening. The number of cases will rise from 14 million in 2012 to 19 million in 2025 to 22 million in 2030 to 24 million in 2035. But you have to consider why those numbers will rise, and one big factor is we’re not dying so much of other things.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute President Dr. Donald Trump said, “Lifespan increased because we solved infectious diseases and other things that shortened lifespan, people live longer, and one of the accompaniments of living longer is getting more cancer.”

Things people do to themselves, especially in the developing world, play a major role.

“Many other countries, particularly in underdeveloped countries are seeing a rise in tobacco use, so they haven’t come to grips with that yet,” Dr. Trump said.

Many cancers are discovered when they are still early and curable.

Dr. Mark Hennon of Roswell Park said, “We have a lung cancer screening program. I do see patients that are picked up at very early stages in the program and it’s very effective. So with screening, and potentially earlier detection, that percentage should continue to go up.”

Cancer is not one disease – it’s many. And modern research is giving us an advantage over them.

Dr. Trump said, “We will learn a lot more about the cause of cancers that we don’t understand at all now, and that will lead us to better ways to prevent them.”

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