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World Cancer Report, issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), predicts worldwide cancer rates to rise by 57 percent in the next two decades.
Rightfully, the report refers to such predictions as “an imminent human disaster,” noting countries around the world need to renew their focus on
prevention rather than treatment only. Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer told CNN:
“We cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem. 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.”
Besides the death toll, there’s also the financial cost of treating cancer. According to the report, the worldwide cost for cancer treatment was estimated at $1.16
trillion in 2010.