The World Health Organization (WHO) released the findings of their latest cancer study and the news is grim. Cancer is expected to rise 57% in the next 20 years with the numbers of 14 million dying annually from cancer in 2012 jumping to 22 million in another two decades, according to CNN News on Feb 4.
Researchers at WHO blame the aging population as part of this projection. The focus on the attack on cancer should be prevention, more so than treatment, since half of all known cancers are preventable, reports WHO.
WHO suggests a heavy focus on prevention as "We cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem," said Christopher Wild, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Early detection and prevention are the two areas that need to be beefed up.
The cost of treating cancer is becoming a burden, it is "hurting the economies of rich countries and beyond the reach of poor ones." A heavy emphasis on addressing lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet, exercise, alcohol consumption and addressing infection-caused cancers with vaccines. Screening programs should become mainstream.
Oncologist Dr. David Decker from the Florida Hospital in Orlando said that cancer is not on the rise for shocking reasons, but for reasons that are easily understood. There may be things that can done to prevent cancer from skyrocketing in numbers, such as improve overall health.