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WHO cancer cases: 22M victims in next 20 years, cancer counter efforts 'needed'

WHO has revealed that cancer cases in the next 20 years are said to frighteningly increase by a 57 percent boost, amounting to over 22M cancer victims annually by the year 2034. The World Health Organization’s recent cancer report adds that with this “cancer burden” costing $1.6 trillion in health expenses alone in 2010, such costs are only expected to continue to increase in the future. UPI reveals this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, that with World Cancer Day taking place today, it is all the more important and appropriate to begin considering what counter efforts need to be taken to diagnose early and improve existing treatments.

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The WHO cancer cases announcement comes at a time when the threat of cancer is already a prominent health risk across the U.S. Yet new statistics are truly startling this week: the 2014 update claims that the total number of cancer victims will be up to 22M within the next 20 years, equivalent to a nigh 57 percent increase from what the rates are now. The International Agency for Research on Cancer hopes to warn the public of a literal bout of cancer cases that will need to be countered by aggressive governmental and health organizations working to offered specialized treatment, prevention efforts, and support resources in the not-so-distant future.

“More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed in order to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in cancer burden globally,” said IARC Director Dr. Christopher Wild. "These efforts are simply needed."

With over 14M new cancer cases reported in 2012, that already high rate is anticipated to increase to 22M cases per year in the next couple of decades. The number of cancer deaths will also be seeing an expected spike, boosting from 8 million to 13 million manually.

Within Wild’s new WHO cancer cases report, he notes that a resolution to battle this health scare is not simply improved treatments once the cancer has taken shape. Instead, he feels the greatest way to counter this threat is to inform the public on preventative health practices, which can then be used to bolster what progress is already being made on enhanced medicinal and technological medical treatments.

According to the press release on the matter:

“The most commonly diagnosed cancers in 2012 were lung, breast and intestinal cancers, with lung cancer being the most deadly, claiming 1.6 million lives in 2012 ... Furthermore, while cancer has been thought to be a western disease, the growing burden of new cancer cases and deaths will disproportionately hit developing countries in Africa, Asia, and South and Central America. More than 60 percent of the world's cases and about 70 percent of the world's cancer deaths occurred in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.”

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